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Chris Cooper stars as J.D. Salinger in Coming Through the Rye

09.15.2016

People have been trying to adapt J.D. Salinger's CATCHER IN THE RYE for decades. It's understandable, as it's a novel that perfectly encapsulates what it feels like to be a teenager -- trying to feel like an adult while still struggling with adolescent tendencies and biases. It's also over 200 pages of self-pitying unfiltered angst. So, depending on how you look at it, it's either genius and truthful, or insufferable. As for me, I enjoyed it in high school, but haven't re-read it to see if it holds up.

As the rights to the novel keep slipping through Hollywood's fingers time-and-time again, it instead finds a work-around. The new film COMING THROUGH THE RYE stars Alex Wolff as a young teenager who's obsessed with CATCHER IN THE RYE (but presumably not in a murder-y way) who attempts to meet up with the reclusive Salinger (played by AMERICAN BEAUTY and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2's Chris Cooper). 

Here's the official synopsis:

In 1969, 16-year-old Jamie Schwarts is an outcast at his boarding school who finds solace in J.D Salinger's CATCHER IN THE RYE and deeply  identifies with the iconic protagonist Holden Caulfield. Believing he is destined to play Holden, Schwartz wants to adapt the novel the novel into a play, but not before seeking approval from Salinger himself. He runs away with a local girl to seek out the reclusive author.  

Sounds interesting, but also possibly cliche and mundane. I mean, do you think the local girl and the teenager will get together at the end? So time will have to tell on this one. I do, however, want to see a CATCHER IN THE RYE movie already, just to get it over with. Like ripping off a band-aid. 

Also Cooper will kill it I'm sure as Salinger, as he's a great actor. Although he does have pretty big shoes to fill, as everyone knows that the best J.D. Salinger was Alan Arkin on BOJACK HORSEMAN.

 

 

Extra Tidbit: In the book SHOELESS JOE, of which the film FIELD OF DREAMS was based on, the author that tags along with the main character was actually JD Salinger and not the fictional Terence Mann played by James Earl Jones,

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6:11PM on 09/15/2016
Slipping through hollywood's fingers, am i wrong, or did salinger put the kibosh on all adaptations forever (thats legally allowable)?
Slipping through hollywood's fingers, am i wrong, or did salinger put the kibosh on all adaptations forever (thats legally allowable)?
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4:03PM on 09/15/2016
I"m pretty sure that's almost the exact plot of the movie "Chasing Holden" from like 15 years ago. It starred DJ Qualls as a kid at a boarding school who needs to do a literary project on Catcher in the Rye. To better understand the story, he and a girl from his school take off to retrace Holden Caulfield's steps in the novel. The movie basically re-enacts the entire movie. Replace "tracing Holden Caulfield's steps" with "trying to find JD Salinger" and I bet the movie plays out the exact
I"m pretty sure that's almost the exact plot of the movie "Chasing Holden" from like 15 years ago. It starred DJ Qualls as a kid at a boarding school who needs to do a literary project on Catcher in the Rye. To better understand the story, he and a girl from his school take off to retrace Holden Caulfield's steps in the novel. The movie basically re-enacts the entire movie. Replace "tracing Holden Caulfield's steps" with "trying to find JD Salinger" and I bet the movie plays out the exact same way.
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