January 6, 2013 at 12:45 pm #81391
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?January 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm #81393
Paul Thomas Anderson
January 6, 2013 at 2:07 pm #81394
David O. Russell
Jody Hill- Footfist Way, Observe and Report, Eastbound and Down
David Gordon Green
Rick Alverson- The ComedyJanuary 6, 2013 at 2:19 pm #81395
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.
etc. It wouldnt need to be a high profile director.January 6, 2013 at 2:23 pm #81396
How about, Ezra Miller in lead?January 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm #81398
Hold tight to those rights Salinger family. Some works need not ever be adapted to film.January 6, 2013 at 2:58 pm #81399
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.
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.January 6, 2013 at 3:18 pm #81400
Feel free to laugh. My opinion remains with whatever reaction it garnersJanuary 6, 2013 at 4:07 pm #81401
The book was perfect. I don’t want to live on a planet where it’s made into a movie.January 6, 2013 at 4:14 pm #81402
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.January 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm #81403
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…..January 6, 2013 at 4:22 pm #81405
Terence Malick would seem the obvious choice, though that family should respect his wishes and not sell.