“An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection,
and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.”
J. D. Salinger
Recently I read the classic novel, The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger.
It was a great book, and I was surprised to learn that Mr. Salinger, like his character in the book, Holden Caulfield, was an extremely private person. He too like Caulfield was not a fan of movies or Hollywood. In fact, during success of the novel, Salinger received (and rejected) numerous offers to adapt The Catcher in the Rye for the screen, including one personally from Samuel Goldwyn.
Salinger was so adamant about this, he left specific instructions in his will. He authorized a timetable, to start between 2015 and 2020, for the release of several unpublished works including instructions for movie rights to, The Catcher in the Rye.
With the recent news announcement about, Harper Lee’s book release, I wonder how long it will take for Lucas, Scorsese, Spielberg, Tarantino or Weinstein to jump at the chance to produce this great novel.
Whoever does succeed in acquiring the rights to this classic book, I sure hope they do right by J. D. Salinger and this captivating story The Cather in the Rye.