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In the Works: Weinsteins to Develop 'Salinger' Doc Into Feature Film

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 18, 2013 at 3:00PM

Surprise! Harvey Weinstein is partnering with "Salinger" director Shane Salerno to develop a feature narrative film adaptation of his documentary, which hit theaters September 6.
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J.D. Salinger
J.D. Salinger

Surprise! Harvey Weinstein is partnering with "Salinger" director Shane Salerno to develop a feature narrative film adaptation of his documentary, which hit theaters September 6.

Salerno will pen the screenplay. The film will center on author J.D. Salinger's life between WWII and the 1951 publication of "The Catcher in the Rye," and will reportedly delve into the effects war has on an artist.

"Salinger" the documentary, which plays up a sort of thriller-esque intrigue in its trailer, has already grossed an impressive $162K. It was also announced today by TWC that the version of the doc set to expand beyond LA and New York this coming weekend will include even more never-before-seen material about the reclusive author. Our TOH! review of the film is here.

This article is related to: News, Weinsteins, Harvey Weinstein, The Weinstein Co., Salinger


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.