On the Road

New York: IFC Films, circa 1980. Early unused Draft script for the 2012 film.

Francis Ford Coppola bought the rights for Jack Kerouac's seminal, generation-defining novel in 1980 for $95,000. Coppola then struggled to find a screenwriter to adapt the book, as well as find a director. Eventually he settled on screenwriter Jose Rivera. Before that, however, he had drafts written under his direction from Michael Herr, Barry Gifford, Russell Banks, and even one himself with son Roman. This draft is one of the first attempts of Coppola to adapt the novel, which would not be made into a film until 2012, using Rivera's script, under the direction of Walter Salles and produced by Coppola. The film version was first proposed in 1957 by Kerouac himself, who wrote a one page appeal to actor Marlon Brando, asking Brando to play the part of Dean Moriarty, while Kerouac would play Sal Paradise. He never received a response from Brando.

After his father is buried, Sal Paradise becomes acquainted with Dean Moriarty and along with his friend Carlo Marx, decides to experience America from behind the wheel of a car, rather than in the dusty classrooms of Columbia University.

Set in America, shot on location in Canada, America and Mexico.

Yellow untitled wrappers. Title page present, noted as Second Draft, with credits for screenwriters Francis Coppola, and Michael Herr. 176 leaves, with last page of text numbered 174. Photographically reproduced. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus bound with three gold brads.


[Book #140580]

Price: $325.00