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"The Catcher in the Rye" film version – should it happen?

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(Read caption) Is "The Catcher in the Rye" an "unfilmable" book?

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To many fans, the mere idea of J.D. Salinger's classic "The Catcher in the Rye" being turned into a movie seems wrong. After all, didn't protagonist Holden Caulfield very clearly state: "If there's one thing I hate, it's the movies. Don't even mention them to me"?

But since Salinger's death in January of this year, speculation has been brewing. While Salinger definitively shut the door on the idea in his lifetime (he once wrote to a movie producer that “Holden Caulfield himself, in my undoubtedly super-biased opinion, is essentially unactable”), he did also add in the same letter that he might think of "leaving the unsold rights to my wife and daughter as a kind of insurance policy."

Will his heirs take the bait? There has been further speculation this year that questions about a tax loophole might pressure them to do so – and do so quickly.

A new survey by vote-by text poll site Predicto indicates that 65 percent of voters believe that a film version will be made.


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