1. CATCHER IN THE RYE, BY J.D. SALINGER
Status: Not in development
We can already hear the protests by literary fans everywhere, and we simply don’t care. It might sound blasphemous, but we would love to see Catcher in the Rye finally hit theaters. Long thought to be “unfilmable,” the classic tale of Holden Caulfield’s odyssey through the world of phonies and his impending adulthood is one of the greatest American novels of all time. But it's because of that very acclaim that filmmakers and studios have been hesitant to ever adapt it for the screen.
However, we can’t help but feel that someone like Wes Anderson (who is a self-proclaimed Salinger fan) could do Catcher in the Rye justice. He has all of the offbeat sensibilities to make this work, and he is already an admirer of the material itself. He probably already has the entire movie planned out in his mind, including who he wants to cast as Caulfield. And much to the chagrin of movie executives everywhere, Shia LaBeouf and Michael Cera probably aren't on the top of his list.
Hollywood has already made two Garfield movies and an Alvin and the Chipmunks trilogy. Execs should at least attempt to get this off the ground.