Monday 11 December 2017

Producer remakes panned Salinger film after release

Adam Sherwin

HARVEY Weinstein is notorious for making extensive cuts to his movies in order to prime them for the box office.

Now the producer known as "Harvey Scissorhands" has taken the extreme step of issuing a brand new version of a film just days after its release.

Cinemas in the US have received a new cut of a controversial documentary about JD Salinger, left, the author of 'The Catcher in the Rye', which opened earlier this month.

Unusually for a producer so sure in his commercial instincts, Weinstein said his new version, produced with the consent of director Shane Salerno, had been refashioned to address the concerns of critics, who took against the documentary.

The new "special edition" was released to replace the original cut when the film expanded into 60 new US territories over the weekend, after opening in New York and Los Angeles. The 'Hollywood Reporter' said it was "virtually unheard-of for a movie to be altered when it's already in theatres".

The changes reflect Weinstein's belief that the Salinger story, which he will also turn into a biopic with Salerno, has international box-office potential.

Salerno spent years researching the reclusive author for Salinger, which focuses on the writer's life from serving in the Second World War to the publication of 'Catcher' in 1951.

But the industry paper 'Variety' said: "Salinger would have surely been horrified to see his personal life posthumously excavated to such a degree, and the filmmakers never really make a compelling argument that it should be."

Irish Independent

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