The Catcher in the Rye author JD Salinger was so reclusive that a documentary about the author did huge business, and we’re not at all surprised to see that a dramatic biopic is in the works. Rebel in the Rye, written and directed by Danny Strong (Empire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay), will tell Salinger’s story with Nicholas Hoult in the lead role. The script, based on one biography of the author, appears to be wide in scope, encompassing Salinger’s young life, war service, and his literary development and success. Read More »
When author J.D. Salinger died in January, there was immediate speculation that the movie rights to his landmark novel The Catcher in the Rye might finally be sold. Producers and stars have tried to make a movie for years, but after the resounding failure of the one film based on a Salinger story (My Foolish Heart) the author was resolute in his refusal to sell the rights to Catcher in the Rye.
But there’s a suggestion and speculation now that a tax loophole could put pressure on Salinger’s estate to sell the rights in order to raise money. Read More »
When news of J.D. Salinger‘s death spread this week, I know that somewhere in Hollywood a producer was rubbing his hands together at the idea of finally being able to make a movie version of Catcher in the Rye. Many attempted to cajole the rights away from the famously reclusive author, but he was never convinced. After his one story licensed to a studio was turned into crap (‘Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut’ became the forgettable My Foolish Heart) Salinger vowed never to allow further film adaptations of his work.
That doesn’t mean we won’t see a documentary, however. Salinger, which seeks to be a comprehensive account of the man’s life, is just about ready to release. Read More »
Yes, legendary Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger is still alive, and no, he hasn’t seen a super exclsuive screening of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull…
Our friends at FilmDrunk have discovered something interesting in a letter written in 1981 by Salinger, which is now up for sale on eBay. Salinger might be one of the great writers of all time, but in this letter, he proves he would have been a horrible movie critic:
“Have seen no good movies, except The Last Metro, which wasn’t exactly indelibly fine, but Deneuve herself maybe was, or came close. [Boosh? â€“Ed.] I got hooked into seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark, which might be excused for its unwitty, unfunny awful socko-ness if it had been put together by Harvard Lampoon seniors.”
Wait, did J.D. Salinger actually call Raiders of the Lost Ark “unwitty, unfunny awful”? Salinger received and rejected numerous offers to adapt The Catcher in the Rye for the screen, one of which came directly from Raiders director Steven Spielberg.