Banks on Kerouac

Russell Banks, whose mediocre new novel, The Reserve, has just come out, has been working on a film adaptation of Jack Kerouac‘s On the Road. He gives Reuters an update:

Q: You’ve written a movie adaptation of Jack Kerouac‘s “On the Road” for Francis Ford Coppola. What’s happening with it?

A: “It’s supposed to be going ahead but I just hear gossip and rumors. It probably won’t happen until next summer. It is not an easy book to adapt as it is so internal and subjective and depends upon the prose. It was fun and challenging but also took me back to that era in my own life as well. I used it to justify going on the road myself. I thought maybe if Kerouac can invent himself as an artist and bohemian coming from a middle class background then maybe I can as well.”

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