'The Butler' & 'Mockingjay' Writer Set to Direct Biopic on J.D. Salinger
Last year, screenwriter Danny Strong swept through history with the melodramatic tale of Lee Daniels' The Butler, and over the next two years we'll see what he brings to the table with his scripts for the two-part finale of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Now THR reports Strong is slated to make his directorial debut Salinger's War with a film based on famously reclusive and mysterious Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger. Strong also wrote the script (and will produce the film) on spec after optioning the book J.D. Salinger: A Life by Kenneth Slawensk with his own money, so this is totally a passion project. More below!
The film will focus on Salinger in his early career as he struggled to spark a name for himself in New York's literary circle in the early 1940s. Following plenty of rejection, it wouldn't be until Salinger started writing about the world renowned Holden Caulfield that his voice manifested itself. But just as there seemed to be light at the end of the tunnel, Salinger went off to fight in World War II, an experience that changed his life forever, and had a huge impact on his writing. Salinger's story is a hard one to crack, so we're certainly interested to see what a writer like Strong can do with the material. Thoughts?