While The Weinstein Company presentation at Cannes this year left a bit to be desired (though, it would be pretty hard to top 2012’s unveiling of “The Master,” “Django Unchained” and “Silver Linings Playbook“) one title that did stand out was the documentary “Salinger.” Harvey showed off the trailer for the first time on the Croisette where our correspondent Jessica admitted that “it certainly looks riveting, with…plenty of emphasis on the mysteries and enigmas that surround Salinger’s life and legacy.” And now it’s here for the rest of us to see, and we couldn’t agree more.
In the works for at least five years, if not longer, writer/director Shane Salerno has gone deep, putting $2 million dollars of his own personal cash into the making of the movie which tries to figure out the life of literature’s most famous recluse (sorry Harper Lee). An absolutely ridiculous list of participants are involved including: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, John Cusack, Danny DeVito, John Guare, Martin Sheen, David Milch, Robert Towne, Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow, A. Scott Berg, Elizabeth Frank and Gore Vidal. Even more, a deal for a book is already in place, with Salerno to display more of what looks to be some incredible research, which seems to shed a lot of light on the mysterious author.
We gotta say, we’re hooked and really looking forward to this one. “Salinger” opens on September 6th, and if we know Harv, this will be at Telluride and TIFF too. Watch below.