“Salinger” writer-director Shane Salerno, behind the book and recent documentary that uncovers the reclusive J.D. Salinger (1919-2010), is penning a feature film biopic about the 20th-century author for the Weinstein Co. It will cover the decade from World War II through the publication of his first novel, “The Catcher in The Rye” (1951), all from when Salinger was 23 to 33.
Though reviews of “Salinger” have been mixed since the film (literally) crash-landed at Telluride last month (our TOH! review here), Salerno’s doc has undoubtedly renewed interest in the seminal writer long-relegated to high school syllabi and references in Wes Anderson films. The documentary does not shy from his philandering with younger women, his resistance to fame and some of the dark demons swirling in his soul.
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