Well, another of Jack Kerouac’s novels is coming to the big screen and with the Sundance Film Festival so close this time it’s the first trailer for a film version of a markedly different Kerouac novel, Big Sur.
Big Sur depicts the consequences of the fame that the success of writer’s opus On the Road brought to its troubled author once it finally was published years later. Jean-Marc Barr plays Kerouac nearly 15 years older than the one played by Sam Riley in Walter Salles’ On the Road, this time with Kate Bosworth and Josh Lucas also starring in the story of the writer’s struggle with alcoholism and a relationship with his best friend’s mistress. Lucas plays the Cassady character, while Bosworth plays the center of their love triangle, Billie.
The story takes place in Big Sur, Calif., where Kerouac visited his publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti, as well as San Francisco.
Michael Polish directs this tale from his own script.
Big Sur premieres at Sundance which runs from January 17 – 27th.
Check out the trailer which features beautiful imagery and a great deal of Kerouac dialogue.
Big Sur focuses on a moment in Jack Kerouac’s life when, overwhelmed by the success of his opus On the Road and struggling with alcoholism, he retreats to his publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s cabin in the small, coastal California town of Big Sur, which eventually inspires his 1962 novel of the same name. Kerouac’s time begins with quiet moments of solitude and communing with nature. But, struck by loneliness, he hightails it to San Francisco, where he resumes drinking heavily and gets pushed into a relationship with his best friend Neal Cassady’s mistress, Billie.
While writer/director Michael Polish (Twin Falls Idaho) explores a less glamorous moment in Kerouac’s legacy—one of alienation and mental breakdown—Big Sur equally examines the beauty of this time in the writer’s life, witnessed in the romance of friendship and the purity of nature. Jean-Marc Barr embodies Kerouac’s intelligence and masculinity, but also portrays him at his most contemplative and vulnerable. Luscious and breathtaking, Big Sur approaches a religious cinematic experience.
Source: Trailer Addict