Exciting news for celebrity watchers, film buffs, and Jack Kerouac fans; potentially inconvenient news for Wiggle bikers, Muni riders, and folks who park on Haight Street: a new film about Kerouac will be shooting a scene on Haight between Pierce and Scott Streets today and tomorrow.
The film, dubbed Big Sur (also the title of Kerouac's 1962 novel), stars Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Anthony Edwards, and actor Jean-Marc Barr as Kerouac.
According to entertainment site Deadline, Big Sur will focus on "Kerouac's move from New York to Northern California, as he tries to rediscover himself after badly handling the fame, drugs and decadent lifestyle that came with his groundbreaking novel On The Road."
Haighteration reader Paul B. tipped us to the above notice posted a few days ago on Haight Street. The notice reads:
Dear Merchants & Residents:
Big Sur Productions will be shooting a scene for a feature film on Haight Street between Pierce & Scott Streets. The filming will begin at 8:00 am and will finish by 10:00 pm on both days.
To facilitate our filming we will be posting "No Stopping" signs in some areas for our camera positions and equipment vehicles.
We will also have SFPD present to facilitate intermittent traffic control on the night of Monday April 18th. All residents will have access into and out of the area.
Our filming is being coordinated with the San Francisco Film Commission and the San Francisco Police Department. All required insurance and permits are on file at the Film Commission and will be present on location during filming.
We would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation. We will treat your neighborhood with respect and hope to keep our short stay a welcomed one.
We don't have any details of the scene that's going to be shot on Haight Street, nor whether any of the main actors will be involved, but we'll keep an eye out. In the meantime, if you manage to catch any of this Hollywood magic in action, let us know!