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Pre-Cannes Buy: IFC and Sundance Selects Acquire 'On the Road' for Fall Release

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 9, 2012 at 6:17AM

While Walter Salles' "On the Road" was up for sale before Cannes, many of the bigger buyers chose to wait to see how it would be received in Competition at the Festival. Just before the fest, however, AMC Networks' IFC Films and Sundance Selects scooped up for seven figures all U.S. rights to the episodic two and half hour film...
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On the Road

While Walter Salles' "On the Road" was up for sale before Cannes, many of the bigger buyers chose to wait to see how it would be received in Competition at the Festival. Just before the fest, however, AMC Networks' IFC Films and Sundance Selects scooped up for seven figures all U.S. rights to the episodic two and half hour film, which stars Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams and Viggo Mortensen. IFC and Sundance are jointly releasing the film in theaters in late fall.

Jose Rivera (Salles' "The Motorcycle Diaries") adapted the novel by Jack Kerouac for  MK2 Productions and producer Nathanael Karmitz, Charles Gillibert, Rebecca Yeldham and Roman Coppola for American Zoetrope.  Executive producer Francis Ford Coppola had developed the project since 1978.
 
Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films promised to "work across AMC Networks in putting all our resources together to make this theatrical release into a significant cultural event."

"On the Road"
"On the Road"

"On the Road" tells the iconic quest of writer Sal (Sam Riley), free spirit speed freak Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) and girlfriend Marylou (Kristen Stewart) on a cross-country road trip to escape from stifling conformity. Charting new terrain, the duo meet an eclectic mix of men and women -- Bull (Viggo Mortensen), Camille (Kirsten Dunst), Carlo (Tom Sturridge), Jane (Amy Adams), Terry (Alice Braga), and Galatéa (Elisabeth Moss).

Brazilian director Salles ("Foreign Land" and Oscar nominee "Central Station") most recently directed Daniela Thomas "Linha de Passe," which won Sandra Corveloni the Best Actress at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.  

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.