Back in March we got to check out the first movie trailer for the forthcoming big screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac‘s classic novel On the Road. Today we get to check out a newer, international trailer for the film. As you can see, this new trailer features a lot more footage from the film … footage that, thankfully, eases my concerns about this film. On the Road is such an important book that careful attention must be paid to ensure that a film version does the book justice. I am liking what I’m seeing in this trailer. I hope the movie doesn’t disappoint.
In other On the Road news, a hand-drawn sketch that Kerouac himself drew as the potential book cover for Road has come to light … and you simply must give it a look. Check it out below.
In 1952, Jack Kerouac was shopping On The Road to publishers and instead of just pitching the text, Kerouac also included his own sketched vision for the book’s cover. Kerouac typed a note to potential publisher A.A. Wyn in the corner of his drawing explaining the concept:
Dear Mr. Wyn:
I submit this as my idea of an appealing commercial cover expressive of the book. The cover for “The Town and the City” was as dull as the title and the photo backflap. Wilbur Pippin’s photo of me is the perfect On the Road one … it will look like the face of the figure below.
Wyn rejected the text and the cover idea. The book would not find a publisher until 1957 when it went on to become one of the most celebrated novels of the 20th century.
Ah, if A.A. Wyn only knew what he had on his hands. Personally, I love this book cover. I know that newly published paperback copies of On the Road will feature a cover that will tie-in with the movie (likely with the movie poster as the coverphoto) but I would LOVE to own a copy of On the Road with Kerouac‘s own drawn cover. On the Road is truly one of my all time favorite books, I’ve read it many times. I think I might have to find the time to give it another read before the film hits theaters.