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Finally, might we see a Catcher in the Rye film?

06.22.2010

JD Salinger always called his masterpiece, THE CATCHER IN THE RYE “unactable” and wouldn’t let Hollywood touch it. But that might change after his death, as his estate is strapped for cash and his successors could now let those rights go for the right price.

Telegraph has an interesting article about the drama unfolding, and the long history behind Hollywood’s many attempts to craft a CATCHER IN THE RYE film.

In the past, stars have queued up for a chance to play its young anti-hero Holden Caulfield. The list reads like a Who's Who of Hollywood glitterati, including Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tobey Maguire.

In his lifetime, Salinger rejected attempts by Sam Goldwyn, Jerry Lewis and Billy Wilder to film the novel, along with Elia Kazan's effort to put it on Broadway. More recent requests from Steven Spielberg and Harvey Weinstein were rejected out of hand.

But now after his death, focus turns to the Estate Tax (or Death Tax depending on which political party you’re from), that might wipe out half his inheritance. Also, there’s new focus on a letter he wrote in 1957 that says that the film rights to CATCHER could be a kind of last resort cash flow for his wife and daughter if all other wells ran dry.

He wrote: "It is possible that one day the rights will be sold. There's an ever-looming possibility that I won't die rich. I toy very seriously with the idea of leaving the unsold rights to my wife and daughter as a kind of insurance policy."

Spokesmen for his publishers say there are no current plans to sell the film rights, but with the way the winds are blowing, it might actually be a possibility after all these years.

Extra Tidbit: Salinger was actually a big film fan until his book, Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut, was made into a movie that was a critical and commercial failure.
Source: Telegraph

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12:16AM on 06/24/2010

the book is...

amazing to any adolescent, leave this alone is nothing sacred anymore, it will never have the same effect as a movie unless you can superimpose each teenager into the movie, because that's what i did as a 15 yr old. who didn't?
amazing to any adolescent, leave this alone is nothing sacred anymore, it will never have the same effect as a movie unless you can superimpose each teenager into the movie, because that's what i did as a 15 yr old. who didn't?
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1:28AM on 06/23/2010
THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is essentially THE BREAKFAST CLUB of it's day with it's themes and notions.
THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is essentially THE BREAKFAST CLUB of it's day with it's themes and notions.
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7:45PM on 06/22/2010

not into this idea either

it just doesn't need a adaptation at all.
there isn't many stories that I would outright say something like that for.
but this is really one of them.
it just doesn't need a adaptation at all.
there isn't many stories that I would outright say something like that for.
but this is really one of them.
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7:04PM on 06/22/2010

catcher in the rye

sucks dick. that book was retarded
sucks dick. that book was retarded
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7:28PM on 06/22/2010
Hey, not everyone can appreciate an American classic.
Hey, not everyone can appreciate an American classic.
9:28PM on 06/22/2010
You sir are in idiot. Keep working on getting that GED and stop wasting your time posting on websites.
You sir are in idiot. Keep working on getting that GED and stop wasting your time posting on websites.
1:22AM on 06/24/2010
hahahahaha, really? i agree with bri, @ what age did you read it? 40?
hahahahaha, really? i agree with bri, @ what age did you read it? 40?
6:16PM on 06/22/2010

Oh, sure...

Definitely. Because the one thing we're all fiending for is two hours of chump-ass Holden Caulfield being a little bitch and whining about how miserable his life is.
Then again, I'm sure the angsty emo crowd out there who think that nobody understands them will cream their pants over this.
Definitely. Because the one thing we're all fiending for is two hours of chump-ass Holden Caulfield being a little bitch and whining about how miserable his life is.
Then again, I'm sure the angsty emo crowd out there who think that nobody understands them will cream their pants over this.
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6:02PM on 06/22/2010
Uhh. But catcher in the rye is garbage. So why?
Uhh. But catcher in the rye is garbage. So why?
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5:30PM on 06/22/2010

Dear Hollywood

Two words. F**k you.
Two words. F**k you.
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5:11PM on 06/22/2010

DON'T MAKE THE MOVIE!

On the first page of Catcher: "If there's one thing I really hate, it's the movies. Don't even mention them to me..."

I, myself love movies better than anything, but Salinger was really against the idea of a Catcher movie, so please, let him and the movie concept RIP!
On the first page of Catcher: "If there's one thing I really hate, it's the movies. Don't even mention them to me..."

I, myself love movies better than anything, but Salinger was really against the idea of a Catcher movie, so please, let him and the movie concept RIP!
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3:57PM on 06/22/2010
Hollywood always has to change things after someone dies, and not for the better.

Now when George Lucas dies, maybe someone can usurp the property and actually make a good trilogy for a change.
Hollywood always has to change things after someone dies, and not for the better.

Now when George Lucas dies, maybe someone can usurp the property and actually make a good trilogy for a change.
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3:49PM on 06/22/2010
If they're going to give it to anybody, I'd say let Wes Anderson direct it.
If they're going to give it to anybody, I'd say let Wes Anderson direct it.
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3:46PM on 06/22/2010

In between "nuetral" and "semi-excited"

No matter how well made this could be, it will never have the impact it did when the novel came out. It is "of it's time" yet slightly ahead of it's time in terms of storytelling. I always picture James Dean when I read it.
No matter how well made this could be, it will never have the impact it did when the novel came out. It is "of it's time" yet slightly ahead of it's time in terms of storytelling. I always picture James Dean when I read it.
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3:44PM on 06/22/2010

Obvious decision

sell it to WWE films and have John Cena in the lead role
sell it to WWE films and have John Cena in the lead role
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3:10PM on 06/22/2010
Just remember folks. Just because they make it, doesn't mean we have to go see it.

There is no actor that I'm aware of that I would want to see play this part. There is scarcely a director that I think could handle this properly or that I would want to see tackle this. Maybe Andrew Dominik, Sophia Coppola or Jane Campion. However it will probably be Speilberg or Scorsese. Regardless, I'm pretty sure this is a movie that I will be avoiding.
Just remember folks. Just because they make it, doesn't mean we have to go see it.

There is no actor that I'm aware of that I would want to see play this part. There is scarcely a director that I think could handle this properly or that I would want to see tackle this. Maybe Andrew Dominik, Sophia Coppola or Jane Campion. However it will probably be Speilberg or Scorsese. Regardless, I'm pretty sure this is a movie that I will be avoiding.
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2:47PM on 06/22/2010

Meh

I'm a literature fan and all, but I've always thought that Catcher in the Rye was terribly, terribly overrated.
I'm a literature fan and all, but I've always thought that Catcher in the Rye was terribly, terribly overrated.
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2:43PM on 06/22/2010

Michael cera!

Better not come close to this. If this turns into a movie I really can't see anyone young playing Holden. The big thing to do these days for young actors is play the same character in every movie.

They need to take a chance and get someone new for the part.
Better not come close to this. If this turns into a movie I really can't see anyone young playing Holden. The big thing to do these days for young actors is play the same character in every movie.

They need to take a chance and get someone new for the part.
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1:39PM on 06/22/2010

Here's some great choices

Zac Efron
Robert Pattiinson
RuPaul- My personal fav
Zac Efron
Robert Pattiinson
RuPaul- My personal fav
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1:20PM on 06/22/2010

I wanna see this but...

I shudder to think who Hollywood might get to portray Holden.
I shudder to think who Hollywood might get to portray Holden.
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1:26PM on 06/22/2010
Is there any doubt that it would be Shia as Holden Caulfield?
Is there any doubt that it would be Shia as Holden Caulfield?
9:30PM on 06/22/2010
Ryan Gosling?
Ryan Gosling?
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