‘Salinger’ Documentary Leads to Biopic
Some would call Shane Salerno obsessed. Now that the book and documentary he’s spent nine years making on reclusive author J.D. Salinger are finished, he’s obviously at loose ends as he’s teaming with Harvey Weinstein to produce a feature film adaptation of his documentary. Yes, more Salinger.
Focused on Salinger’s life between World War II, where he saw active service, and publication of The Catcher in the Rye in 1951, the film will “examine the effects war can have on an artist”. The Weinstein Company said in a statement:
The company has long been extremely interested in Salerno’s extensive research on the renowned author and feels the material will make for an incredible live action narrative.
Salerno will be writing the screenplay (something he knows how to do, obviously). It’ll be interesting to see how he deals with a feature film version of the material.
TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein said in a statement: “Shane has created an amazing documentary about one of the most beloved but enigmatic literary figures of our time. We are glad he was able to take the opportunity to add fantastic new footage. We greatly look forward to sharing the new edition with audiences and developing a Salinger feature with him.”
Enough said. With all the attention on Salinger at the moment, I’d say it’s time to strike while the iron’s hot, wouldn’t you?
Who do you think would make a good Salinger?
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