JD Salinger’s life between the World War II and the 1951 release of The Catcher in the Rye
, which made Salinger a literary sensation, is going to be given the Hollywood biopic treatment
. The team behind the Salinger
documentary (director Shane Salerno and The Weinstein Company producing) is collaborating again with The Weinstein Company on the narrative feature, something Salerno has been wanting to do since 1999 when he purchased the rights to Paul Alexander’s 1999 biography, Salinger.
The documentary of the same name was described by critics
as something the famously reclusive author would have abhorred. The film, according to the New York Times
, not so much explored the life of the author “as run his memory and legacy through a spin cycle of hype.” The very essence of what Salinger tried to avoid in his decision to live secluded from society. Everything Salinger’s most famous anti-hero Holden Caulfield dubbed “phony”.
How will Salerno fair in trying to portray the author’s life in narrative form? Already speculation is mounting
in regards to who would depict the solitary JD Salinger, with a names like Ryan Gosling, James Franco and Jake Gyllenhaal being thrown around. However the actor at this moment seems inconsequential. The real question is whether Salerno will learn from the mistakes made in Salinger
the documentary and manage to produce a biopic worthy of its subject.