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On the Road Movie Delayed?

Fans who’ve been waiting seemingly forever for the release of On the Road might be made to wait a little longer. The adaptation of Kerouac’s classic novel appears to have run into a little legal trouble.

According to Albert C. Hinkle, “There’s some kind of legal problem – one of Jack’s relatives is challenging Coppola’s rights to the book. I haven’t heard of any set dates for the movie premiere.” Since that Facebook post, he has been updating his fans with the simple message: “Just to let you all know: I don’t really have any information on when OTR will be coming out, or where it will be released. I hear the same things everyone else does; whether that is really going on or not, I don’t know for sure. But the minute I get any solid information, I will share it with you all.” People are taking Hinkle as an inside source, but he claims to know no more than anyone else.

Charles Gillibert, on the other hand, is one of the movie’s producers. On Twitter, he shared some “goodnews”: “sorry we are dealing with some goodnews everything is frozen until we closeit Only thing I can promise is that you will be the1rst informed.” Since then he has updated that he, too, has no solid information and is merely waiting to hear more. He has stated that “we are closing discussions with the futur best partners to defend otr and they have to be involved in decisions with market..” Which sounds as though the lawyers are demanding the everything be temporarily shut down. Then, in a response to a query about movie posters, Gillibert said, “I won’t give you stop date anymore because things change and I want to make sure i give you only good information.” Hmm… “good information”? Gillibert had previously been certain that there would be an official website and trailer before the end of 2011!

So… All that sounds like bad news. It’s not a terribly big surprise, as anyone who knows about the Kerouac Estate fiasco will understand. In 2009, a court found that Gabrielle Kerouac’s will had been forged, and that the transfer of Jack Kerouac’s estate, ultimately to the Sampas family, had therefore been illegal. Since then there has been significant doubt over the legitimacy of the Sampas’s actions, in particular with reference to Paul Blake Jr, who quite possibly should have come to inherit his uncle’s estate. Over the years, the Sampas’s have helped Kerouac posthumously attain success and respect, but they, too, have made a lot of money on his work, and this movie will no doubt have added to their bank accounts. While it would be impossible to go back through years of sales and figure out who was owed what, it would be no surprise if Mr. Blake popped up to question the legality of the sale of the book’s rights to Francis Ford Coppola.

So we’ll just have to wait and see. I’m sure that in the coming months, we’ll learn more. After all, the movie seems to have an official release date in Brazil, Switzerland, and Belgium, (late May and early June) and these are all very close to the time of the Cannes Film Festival…

Merry Christmas from William S. Burroughs

It was Christmas Day and Danny the Car Wiper hit the street junksick and broke after seventy-two hours in the precinct jail. It was a clear bright day, but there was warmth in the sun. Danny shivered with an inner cold. He turned up the collar of his worn, greasy black overcoat.

This beat benny wouldn’t pawn for a deuce, he thought.

The Beat Generation has its own twisted take on the sentimental Christmas movie in Nick Donkin’s claymation rendering of “The Junky’s Christmas.” Originally a story in William S. Burroughs’ Interzone, the tale of Danny the Car Wiper’s search for a Christmas fix has become a favourite among fans of the Beats.

Beginning with the traditional author-by-the-fire image, the short film slips quickly into claymation and follows the story of our hero, Danny, as he tries to scrape together the cash for some holiday smack. The movie has an odd take on kindness and giving, and includes perhaps the first “immaculate fix.”

At the end of the movie we are presented with footage of Burroughs at home in Lawrence, Kansas, with his friends. He is carving a turkey on Christmas day, bringing an odd feel-good moment to an odd feel-good short film.

Take a look for yourselves…

2010 Beat Movie News

The Rum Diary is one movie that literature fans have been awaiting for some time. Johnny Depp will be reprising his role as Hunter S. Thompson (well, actually Paul Kemp) and is joined by Amber Heard in the role of Chenault.

The movie seems to have been in the works forever, but all is developing nicely and we should see it on screen this year. News is notoriously sparse and unreliable, but for all the best updates, please check


Hunter S. Thompson fans (ie all the people at Beatdom) will be delighted to know that after waiting years for The Rum Diary to be made, another Thompson story is on its way to the big screen.

“Prisoner of Denver” was an article Thompson co-wrote for the June 2004 issue of Vanity Fair. It concerned the plight of one Lisl Auman, who was wrongfully incarcerated after the murder of a police officer. Thompson launched a crusade for her release, but killed himself a month before her conviction was overturned.

The Motion Picture Corporation of America has bought the rights to the story, and has asked writers to produce a screenplay revolving around Thompson and co-author Mark Seal as “a gonzo Woodward and Bernstein.”


Perhaps of most interest to Beat fans is the supposed reincarnation of the whole On the Road movie trip. For what seems like forever (certainly going back to before I was even born) they’ve been talking about making Kerouac’s classic into a film.

Now it seems the project is all set to go, with Francis Ford Coppola (who has been linked to the project for years) producing, and Motorcycle Diaries director Walter Sales directing. Spider-man’s Kirsten Dunst and Twilight’s Kristen Stewart both starring.

Filming will begin later this year, with Salles simultaneously shooting a documentary about Jack Kerouac, titled, In Search of On the Road.


This year you might also like to take a look at William S. Burroughs: A Man Within. It made its world premiere at the 2010 Slamdance Film Festival, and is now trying to work its way into the public consciousness.

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Movie News: Hunter S. Thompson & Jack Kerouac Hit the Big Screen in 2010

News about Jack Kerouac and Hunter S. Thompson in the movies.

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