Weinstein Company Planning J.D. Salinger Biopic from Shane Salerno
Right now, The Weinstein Company's documentary Salinger from director Shane Salerno is in limited theaters, but with only 30% on Rotten Tomatoes, it doesn't sound like it's faring too well with critics. In addition to inserting new footage into the doc when it expands to more theaters on September 20th, TWC just announced that a separate biopic about the author of The Catcher in the Rye is in the works with Salerno writing the screenplay. The film will focus on J.D. Salinger’s life between World War II and the 1951 release of the aforementioned literary classic, a period that is believed to have inspired the author's praised writing and also his eventual reclusive behavior that made him such a mystery to critics and fans.
Of course, since no one really knows much about Salinger's experiences or what really drove his mind, the script will have Salerno doing a lot of guessing as to how his traumatic experiences informed his work and life. Obviously he knows a lot about the author now, but this is coming from a writer who scripted Armageddon and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem. EW mentions Salerno initially wanted to make a biopic about the author and had Daniel Day-Lewis in mind to play him. But when he was researching to make the film, he realized that it should be a documentary instead of a narrative feature film. It's likely he won't take the role now (he's too old), but we'll see if this biopic actually comes to be this time around.