The nation was saddened today by the passing of legendary author and recluseJ. D. Salinger, whose seminal 1951 novel 'The Catcher in the Rye' remains required reading for each new generation of rebels and iconoclasts. But for the film industry, Salinger's death marks just the latest twist in the strange saga of Hollywood's half-century attempt to adapt 'Catcher' for the big screen.

Film versions of popular novels, of course, have been a staple of the business ever since 'Gone With the Wind' became the most popular movie in history. And from the moment of its publication, studios, directors and actors have tripped over themselves in an attempt to secure the rights to 'Catcher in the Rye,' only to be consistently rebuffed by the author, whose desire for anonymity overshadowed any possible financial or artistic gains such a project might bring. With Salinger's death, however, a Hollywood adaptation suddenly becomes a possibility again, begging the question: who will land the rights?
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