It’s a great piece of casting: Zach Galifianakis as Ignatius J. Reilly in a film adaptation of “A Confederacy of Dunces.” And it looks like the movie may actually happen after decades of false starts.
Vulture reports that director James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Flight of the Conchords”) is in negotiations to take on the movie, with Scott Rudin (“The Social Network,” “True Grit”) producing and Phil Johnston (“Cedar Rapids”) adapting John Kennedy Toole‘s novel. Galifianakis (“The Hangover”) is attached to play Ignatius, the slovenly, scholarly outcast hero of the book.
“A Confederacy of Dunces” has a long and fraught history in coming to the screen. Harold Ramis was set to direct a movie based on the book in 1982, but his intended star, John Belushi, died of a drug overdose a few days before a meeting with studio executives. Projects starring John Candy and Chris Farley came and went. Will Ferrell was attached to star in an adaptation written by Scott Kramer and Steven Soderbergh and to be directed by David Gordon Green (“Pineapple Express”). It got as far as a staged reading at the 2003 Nantucket Film Festival but never went any further.
Galifianakis next stars with Ferrell in “The Campaign,” which is due for release in August. There’s no word on when “Confederacy” might start filming.
What do you think of Galifianakis as Ignatius J. Reilly — can he pull it off?