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Weinstein Co. Developing Feature Film Based on ‘Salinger’ Doc

Salerno on board to pen screenplay

Harvey Weinstein is delving into J.D. Salinger, partnering with Shane Salerno on developing a feature film adaptation of Salerno’s documentary about the author.

The film will be focused on Salinger’s life between his military service in World War II and the 1951 publication of “Catcher in the Rye” and examine the effects war can have on an artist. Salerno, who produced and directed the doc, is already signed to write the feature film screenplay.

“The company has long been extremely interested in Salerno’s extensive research on the renowned author and feels the material will make for an incredible live action narrative,” The Weinstein Company said.

The documentary grossed an impressive $86,956 at four screens in its opening weekend earlier this month and has increased that number to $162,067.

“This documentary has been an incredible journey and truly epitomizes what it means to be a passion project,” said Salerno.

Salerno began working on the documentary nine years ago. Salinger died in 2010.

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TWC also announced that the documentary, which has only opened in New York and Los Angeles, will be expanded to include never-before-seen material about Salinger’s life, his relationships with young women and footage of the author as part of its 62-city theatrical expansion this weekend.

TWC noted that a companion book, also titled “Salinger” and authored by Salerno and David Shield, has debuted at number six on The New York Times bestseller list.

TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein said in a statement: “Shane has created an amazing documentary about one of the most beloved but enigmatic literary figures of our time. We are glad he was able to take the opportunity to add fantastic new footage. We greatly look forward to sharing the new edition with audiences and developing a Salinger feature with him.”

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