Friday, 16 July 2010
Justin Bieber as Holden Caulfield?...
Following J. D. Salinger's death earlier this year, there is ever increasing speculation that 'The Catcher in the Rye' will become Hollywood's latest project. Famously, all rights to makes films and even provide an illustrated book cover were prohibited during the author's life, yet this could all change. Salinger once reportedly admitted, 'since there's an ever-looming possibility that I won't die rich, I toy very seriously with the idea of leaving the unsold rights to my wife and daughter as a kind of insurance policy', paving the way for them to be sold off to the highest bidder. Yet Salinger clarified, 'it pleasures me no end, though, I might quickly add, to know that I won't have to see the results of the transaction'.
Thus the bookies have started to take bets on which young actor will be granted the auspicious task of portraying teenage antihero Holden Caulfield. While a string of now aging stars have been linked in the past, it is a younger generation who are attracting the headlines. Zac Efron features at 25/1, Nick Jonas at 20/1, and Justin Bieber pitches in at 12/1. It has yet to be seen what sort of reaction this will engender from diehard fans, but odds on, the 16 year-old Canadian will not exactly be what most had in mind.