"The only people for me are the mad ones": On the Road Trailer
Here's the film's trailer:
That's the usual old montage of period stuff for the most part, but it hooks in deep with the last twenty seconds when it returns to the famous words from the novel. That's a good sign, because more than anything it's that prose that reads as poetry that makes Kerouac so enduring. If the film trusts that, if it can somehow make the words the center, it might just work.
There still is no official American release date though the film is completed and loosely slated for sometime this year. Overseas it is variously scheduled from late May to early September throughout Europe. It would be vaguely hilarious for one of the most American of novels to get a wide release in Europe before it sees the light of day in the states, though that's probably unlikely. My guess based on nothing in particular would be that this is going to get an early May release so that it avoids the worst of just disappearing amongst the summer blockbusters.