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'Hunger Games' scribe to direct 'Salinger's War'

By AFP/RelaxnewsMovies - 02 May 2014 12:00 PM

'Hunger Games' scribe to direct 'Salinger's War'

The scriptwriter of 'Hunger Games' films numbers three and four is to direct 'Salinger's War', a biopic focused on the early career of American author J.D. Salinger.

Reclusive novelist Salinger is now an iconic figure in American literary history, his stand-out 1951 debut 'The Catcher in the Rye' well received at the time, but a cauldron of Cold War tensions soon contributed to its perception in some quarters as being unpatriotic or subversive.

Helming 'Salinger's War' is Danny Strong, who played Danny Siegel in 'Mad Men', was Jonathan Levinson in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', provided the screenplay for Vietnam-era White House drama 'The Butler' (2013) and adapted 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' for release in two parts both this year and next.

The biographical film is based on 2011 history 'J. D. Salinger: A Life', written by Kenneth Slawenski, and is to lead viewers through the young writer's life in New York and then in Europe, examining the impact of his experiences as a soldier in World War II, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Black Label Media is backing the affair; the production company has already associated itself with a trio of upcoming films in 'The Good Lie' featuring Reese Witherspoon, Denis Villeneuve's international drug bust gone bad 'Sicario', and comedy drama 'Demolition' from 'Dallas Buyers Club' director Jean-Marc Vallée.