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  • theproblemdog
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    It is likely that this American classic will never be made into a film. Salinger refused to sell the screen and stage rights because he felt it was not adaptable or actable, and it’s likely that the rights will never be sold unless his family falls into economic ruin. Even so, it’s always fun to think about who might be the right people to work on tis project. So share your thoughts! I personally think that Aaron Sorkin is the obvious choice to adapt the novel, and that David Fincher’s directorial style and the fact that he does so many takes would work perfectly. It could be a great reunion for them following TSN. As for Holden, I think they would have to do a full blown national casting call to find the absolute right actor, rather than going to a well known or semi well known actor. Many of the bit parts throughout the story could be played by well known stars to gain public attention, but Holden would have to be an unknown. What does everyone else think? Other directors, writers, and actors?

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    Noah Baumbach
    Jason Reitman
    Paul Thomas Anderson
      

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    David O. Russell
    Jody Hill- Footfist Way, Observe and Report, Eastbound and Down
    David Gordon Green
    Rick Alverson- The Comedy   

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    babypook
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    Ah, JD. I love you. You changed my life.

    .” . . I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff—I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.” J D Salinger

    I can think of a handful of directors who just might be able to do the spirit of the novel a modicum of justice.
    Scorsese
    Malick
    Fincher

    etc. It wouldnt need to be a high profile director.

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    babypook
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    How about, Ezra Miller in lead?

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    How about, Ezra Miller in lead?

    Please go out to Hollywood, find the nearest producer,tell them your leading idea, and get this movie going.  

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    Fishbiscuit
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    #81398

    Hold tight to those rights Salinger family. Some works need not ever be adapted to film. 

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    babypook
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    @Bigsock
    Come with me. But I wonder, remember the “ban”-ers? I’ll bet they’re still out there, in droves. O well. I dont mind being picketed.

    @fish
    Lol fish. I really had to laugh once I read your post. Not in a bad way. Dont hit me with your placard, ok? That’s all I ask.

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    Fishbiscuit
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    Feel free to laugh. My opinion remains with whatever reaction it garners

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    Gabriel
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    The book was perfect. I don’t want to live on a planet where it’s made into a movie.

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    dannyboy.
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    I agree with Salinger.. Holden won’t translate well to screen unless it is changed significantly to portray him in a much more sympathetic light. The character will polarize people and the film won’t contain a protagonist.

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    babypook
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    Werent they saying similar about Pi, just to name a recent example? Then, there’s LoTR’s.

    I’d love to see someone give this a try. But you’re all right in saying that, it wont be easy. It hopefully falls into the hands of a sensitive, competent director. A woman, would be nice…..

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    babypook
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    Feel free to laugh. My opinion remains with whatever reaction it garners

    Fish, for what it’s worth, I swear I read your post retroactively. I was chuckling at the idea of protest, which this potential film will receive. Not at you.

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    dannyboy.
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    Terence Malick would seem the obvious choice, though that family should respect his wishes and not sell.

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    babypook
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    True. But then, times change. Who knows how JD himself would feel if he was a member of these boards?
    LOL! I think we have a censor check anyways.

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