J. D. Salinger Getting Biopic Treatment

Film will expand on the forthcoming documentary.

Hollywood powerhouse The Weinstein Company is teaming up with Shane Salerno for a live-action narrative based on the director-producer’s upcoming documentary ‘Salinger.’

The film will focus on the period in Salinger’s life between his service in World War II and the 1951 publication of ‘Catcher in the Rye,’ examining the effects war can have on an artist.

“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.

Salerno, who began working on the documentary nine years ago, added, “This documentary has been an incredible journey and truly epitomizes what it means to be a passion project,” said Salerno.

A companion book co-written by Salerno with David Shield, also titled ‘Salinger,’ debuted at number six on the New York Times bestseller list.