The making of the Motorcycle Diaries originated
at South Fork Pictures with executive producer Robert Redford,
and producers Michael Nozik and Karen Tenkhoff of Wildwood Enterprises.
They immediately saw the Motorcycle Diaries production project
as a prime opportunity to work with Walter Salles, the director
who had won the Sundance-NHK Cinema 100 grant in 1996 with the
script for Central Station. To balance the film's portrayal
of the two main characters, Rivera drew from both Guevara's
travel diary and Granado's own account of the trip. Unlike the
making of the Motorcycle Diaries, Granado's version is not a
memoir. Rather, it contains the actual entries documenting his
observations on the road. In the meantime, Salles set out on a personal
journey through the towns and cities mentioned in the books
to experience firsthand the route that Guevara and Granado had
taken some 50 years prior of the Motorcycle Diaries production.
The director found he was able to reconstruct the adventure
and discover the present-day state of the places described in
Guevara's and Granado's accounts and that went into the making
of the Motorcycle Diaries.