The movie On the Road, based on the famous book by Jack Kerouac will be shot in Quebec, Canada, this summer. Directed by Walter Salles, and enjoying a budget of $ 25 million, the production will star Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kirsten Dunst and Kristen Stewart.
The news was confirmed yesterday by the Office of Film and Television Council.
"We're very, very happy. It validates all the work we did for four years, "says Hans Fraikin, National Commissioner of the Office of Film and Television Council.
On the Road is produced by the French company MK2, in collaboration with Film 4 in the UK, video film in Brazil, and the box of Lyse Lafontaine in Montreal, Lyla Films.
"I've co-produced the film 24 Measures with MK2 and I produce them with the next film by Xavier Dolan, Laurence Anyways," says Ms. Lafontaine, attached to Paris to explain his involvement in the project.
American Zoetrope, the studio of Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, is also involved in production.
"They will introduce the film. Their names will appear in the credits at the beginning”, says Ms. Lafontaine.
"They were supposed to do the project," she said about Coppola and Lucas. It’s Coppola who bought the rights (On The Road) thirty years ago, and they have been redeemed by MK2, "said she.
45 days of shooting
Some scenes of On The Road will be filmed in the USA and Mexico, but it is in Quebec that the majority of the film will be shot.
"It will be from August 2nd to November, in two stages, said Lyse Lafontaine. They talk about 45 days shooting in Quebec. "
"The film's producers came twice in the Belle Province to locate places that might stick to the script."They came three weeks ago and last week," says Hans Fraikin.
According to him, some scenes will be shot in studio, at Mel's Cité du Cinema, but also in Montreal and probably in the region, as in the Laurentians.
"They need more roads," says the Commissioner, stating in particular have helped the team, including director Walter Salles, get their visas. This will happen elsewhere in the province by the end of the week.
The producers also considered the possibility of turning some scenes in Quebec City.
"He has been tracking for some street corners, but I doubt we will go there," admits Lyse Lafontaine.
Riley, and Stewart Dunst
The screenplay of On the Road was written by José Rivera from the book written by Jack Kerouac in 1951 but was eventually published in 1957.
Largely autobiographical, On the Road, considered the manifesto of the beat generation, tells the story of Sal Paradise and his companion, Dean Moriarty, who travel America and Mexico by various meetings.
The film will star Sam Riley (Law & Order) in the role of Sal Paradise, and Garrett Hedlund (Four Brothers, Troy ") as Dean Moriarty.
Kirsten Dunst, who has just stayed in Québec for the filming of Upside Down will now return to film in the province. The star of Spider-Man will play the role of Camilla, the wife of Dean Moriarty.
Kristen Stewart, Bella Swan of Twilight, will play its part for the role of Marylou, the eternal master of Dean Moriarty.
On the Road is the fourth major production to be filmed in Quebec this year after Immortals (Mickey Rourke, Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto) Source Code (Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga) and Upside Down (Kirsten Dunst Jim - Sturgess).
The Office of Film and Television Council is in negotiations to attract other productions in the provinces by the end of the year. "One, maybe two," says Hans Fraikin.
* The author of On the Road, Jack Kerouac died in 1969. Nicknamed Ti-Jean, his parents were Quebecers.
(translated from French to English by TwilightSagaCanada)