BREAKING… Salinger distributor The Weinstein Company said today it is partnering with the documentary’s director-producer Shane Salerno to develop a feature film adaptation of the film. The live-action narrative will focus on the period in JD Salinger’s life between his service in World War II and the publishing of Catcher In The Rye, examining the effects war can have on an artist. Salerno is already signed on to pen the film’s screenplay. Salinger the docu opened September 6 in a platform release, grossing $22,742 per screen. TWC said today it will add new, never-before-seen material about Salinger’s life, his complex relationships with young women, and footage of the iconic author to its 62-city expansion this Friday. Salerno and David Shield’s companion book, also titled Salinger, debuted at No. 6 on The New York Times bestseller list. “This documentary has been an incredible journey and truly epitomizes what it means to be a passion project,” said Salerno in the release announcing the news today. “I’m beyond excited to share more of the fascinating material we discovered in its new special edition, and look forward to continuing my relationship with Harvey and TWC in developing a narrative film about this brilliant, intriguing man.” Added TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein: “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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