The movie "The Road" is an enduring masterpiece in postwar Italian movies. Although he had a rush of offers to produce different versions or animated version after the screening, the director refused all of them. At this time he swore that he would never imitate his own past works, aside from whether or not all his later films were so. I'm wondering that he believed that another seed of creation lurked in the margin that couldn't be made into a movie. From a critical biography, "Fellini" by John Baxter (translated by Naoko Mukuda) .
"March 14 2019
from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"