Historical intersection of books and the silver screen

CLASSICS

A historical intersection of books and the silver screen.

In 1957, with “On The Road” attracting near-universal praise, Beat author Jack Kerouac aimed for the sky and wrote to Marlon Brando. Kerouac wanted Brando to buy the rights to the movie adaptation…And play the part of Dean Moriarty.

To quote Kerouac, “What I wanta do is re-do the theater and the cinema in America, give it a spontaneous dash, remove pre-conceptions of “situation” and let people rave on as they do in real life.” He ends with, “Come on now Marlon, put up your dukes and write!”

Sadly, Brando never responded. (Francis Ford Coppola ‘s version of On the Road was released last May.)

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