It’s been the dream of many a producer — and perhaps the nightmare of many a faithful reader — that J. D. Salinger’s novel “The Catcher in the Rye” might someday be translated to another medium. In a report for The Associated Press, Hillel Italie writes that Mr. Salinger considered a stage version of the novel in which he himself would play its teenage protagonist, Holden Caulfield. That (mercifully) never happened, and nor did offers for film adaptations from Billy Wilder, Elia Kazan, Steven Spielberg and Harvey Weinstein, all of which the author summarily turned down.
Why J. D. Salinger Never Wanted A ‘Catcher in the Rye’ Movie
3:58 PM 01/29/2010