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Ranking alongside J.D. Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye,” as one of the greatest American novels, Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” has finally been adapted into a feature film.  IFC Films has released the new poster for the feature, which showcases a diverse cast of seasoned actors. (Then, why is Kristen Stewart in it?)

Kerouac’s novel defines the post war “Beat Generation” through the eyes of  his character Sal Paradise, who crisscrosses America with friends via the back roads.  He experiences life on the fringe listening to jazz, poetry, and doing drugs. Along the way, he  meets a variety of people from all walks of life. Perhaps Sal’s greatest discovery is looking inside himself, and making decisions which will impact his own life.

With so many talented actors in the cast, how do you market the poster for the film? The design team at Percival & Associates created this busy one-sheet, which is likened to throwing everything including the kitchen sink at the wall to see what sticks.  What do you think?  Does it lose its’ focus?

“On the Road” was released in France on May 23rd of this year.  It is slated for its United States debut on December 21st.  The film stars Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Sal Buscemi, Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Terrence Howard, Elisabeth Moss, Alice Braga, Tom Sturridge, Giselle Itié, the late Michael Sarrazin, Kaniehtiio Horn, and Madison Wolfe.  José Rivera wrote the screenplay based on the novel by Jack Kerouac.  Francis Ford Coppola, Patrick Batteux, and Jerry Leider are executive producers.  Walter Salles (“The Motorcycle Diaries”) directs.

Sources: Entertainment Weekly, wikipedia, IMDb