“A Confederacy of Dunces” has had a long, complicated journey to the big screen, but it seems like the project might actually get off the ground.
It’s been a film more than three decades in the making, but Vulture is now reporting that John Kennedy Toole’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has a writer, director and star lined up. To make matters even better, all three of them seem like perfect fits.
Apparently James Bobin, one of “Flight of the Concords'” co-creators and the director of “The Muppets,” is in negotiations to adapt the project for Paramount. “Cedar Rapids” scribe Phil Johnston is being set up to write the script, with Zach Galifianakis attached to star as leading man Ignatius J. Reilly. We can’t think of a better actor in Hollywood right now who would be more perfect for the part.
There have been several attempts to bring “A Confederacy of Dunces” to the big screen, but many of them were thwarted by their leading men dying before the movie could be made. John Belushi, John Candy and Chris Farley were all up for the role of Ignatius, but tragically based away before they could make the movie. Most recently, Will Ferrell was supposed to star in the film based on a script co-written by Steven Soderbergh, but it never came to fruition.
In all honesty, we think Galifianakis is way better pick for Ignatius than Ferrell, though he’ll have to pack on a few pounds to really look the part. Here’s hoping that this time “A Confederacy of Dunces” actually makes it to the big screen.