Nearly sixty years after its publication, J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye could finally get the green light from Hollywood. Now that the author has died, and because of a potential financial issue due to the taxation of his estate, the rights to the novel could end up for auction to the delight of bidding producers. Yes, those phonies will likely make a lousy movie about Holden Caulfield's taking of Manhattan following his expulsion from boarding school. Despite the fact that it was Salinger's wish for the book to never be adapted to the screen.

The Telegraph has a story on the possible rights sale that examines past wishes from Hollywood players to make The Catcher in the Rye ever since its publication in 1951. Apparently Marlon Brando was once considered to play Holden, even though he was almost 30 when the novel was written? The article also quotes Salinger from long ago as saying that he somewhat expects a posthumous adaptation, because he figured he wouldn't die rich (that doesn't mean he okayed a film to be made after his death, only that he figured it would happen).

I'm not the biggest Catcher fan, but I've read it a few times and always thought a movie version would be pretty boring. Plus, enough ripoffs and Salinger-inspired films have all but rendered an adaptation of the actual book unnecessary. Never mind that it would also be disrespectful to both the author and the character to bring Holden to life. The film will likely have him breaking the fourth wall to even say how much he hates being in it. If it must be done, though, hopefully all producers are aware that only Wes Anderson will be suitable to direct the lousy thing.
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