Although the screen interpretation of Jack Kerouac’s literary masterpiece On the Road won’t debut until late this year, an adaptation of another Kerouac classic has already been commissioned.
Big Sur serves as somewhat of a sequel to On the Road, featuring several of the same characters (or at least more fictionalized versions of the people who inspired them) and depicting Kerouac (under the name of his fictional alter-ego Jack Duluoz) dealing with the fame brought upon him by the success of his famous bohemian novel. The tone of the novel is decidedly different from the author’s previous freewheeling, autobiographical works, due largely to the author’s descent into alcoholism.
Director Michael Polish (Twin Falls, Idaho) is helming the Big Sur adaptation with a cast including Jean-Marc Barr in the Kerouac/Duluoz role, Josh Lucas as Neal Cassady and Kate Bosworth as Billie, with Anthony Edwards, Radha Mitchell, Balthazar Getty, and Henry Thomas filling in smaller roles.
The period of Kerouac’s life that inspired Big Sur most recently served as the focus of the documentary One Fast Move Or I’m Gone and an accompanying album of the same name by Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar.