Over the years, directors and producers including Billy Wilder, Jerry Lewis, Steven Spielberg, and Harvey Weinstein all tried and failed to land the rights to an adaptation of J.D. Salinger‘s most famous work, “The Catcher in the Rye.” The infamously reclusive author refused to license the film rights to any of his work. With his death earlier this year, it was speculated that his heirs might have the freedom to sell those rights.
An article in The Telegraph over the weekend suggested that a film adaptation has inched closer to inevitability. While Salinger himself called the part of Holden Caulfield “unactable,” he also acknowledged that the film rights to the book made for an attractive insurance policy for his family and mused that he was pleased he wouldn’t be around to see the resulting film.
Contributor George Hickman contends that there is a way to do the famous book justice, so he’s outlined the Top 10 Things The Catcher in the Rye Movie Should Do as a guide for any director who tackles the project. Enjoy!