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CATCHER IN THE RYE movie could actually happen after 60 years of waiting

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
June 21st, 2010

Wannabe social deviants rejoice, your biblical source for all things rebellious is closer than ever to seeing the cinematic treatment. That's right, the epochal novel by J.D. Salinger could possibly become a movie. The story that's making the rounds claims that fear of the dreaded estate tax may force the inheritors of J.D. Salinger's estate to sell the rights. Apparently, there are tax law experts abound in the movie blogging world.

Regardless of the story's truth, which I find myself questioning, it brings up some interesting questions about adapting classic literature. Check out the full story, after the break.

The most common reaction to this story is disgust, and understandably so. Many see Catcher in the Rye as a canonical  necessity for rebellion and angst. It's up there with Thoreau's Civil Disobedience in terms of inspiring societal disgust. It certainly was a crucial part of my childhood, but I hardly feel some of the hatred for this news that some do.

Seeing an adaptation handled poorly doesn't detract from the original. Sure, it's always going to bring in the phonies that flock to your favorite band when they make the top 40. But does that really make you angry? Is your love for the source material so superficial that you'd distance yourself from something just because it becomes popular? Or because some random guy does a bad job at turning it into a movie?

I always want movies to be good. I'm rooting for this possible adaptation of Catcher in the Rye. What about you?

Source: Cinematical

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