Many people did try to secure rights to stage or film adaptations of Catcher in the Rye, including Steven Spielberg, but Salinger doggedly refused, perhaps because of a disastrous previous experience having one of his other stories put into film. He did toy with the idea, however, of himself playing Holden Caulfield on stage, but this never materialized. Salinger died in 2010, and though he once considered allowing the rights to be purchased after his death, there has not been any movement on that front.
Although Jamie has grander ambitions for his play, all he really needs is permission to put it on one time as a prep school production. He never actually makes this clear to Salinger, who could conceivably not care about such a minor use of his novel; instead, the conversation the two have makes it seem like Jamie was asking for greater rights to the novel.
The end credits include the disclaimer that "The characters and events portrayed in this motion picture are fictitious" even though J.D. Salinger is clearly a real person and the opening credits include a statement that this movie is based on real events.
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