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Zach Galifianakis may lead a Confederacy of Dunces for director James Bobin

05.23.2012
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Zach Galifianakis is attached to star as the famed literary hero Ignatius J. Reilly in an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning book A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES.  The role has previously been courted by the likes of John Belushi, John Candy, and Chris Farley, all of which were stopped short due to a case of death. 

Sources say that director James Bobin (THE MUPPETS) is in negotiations to helm the pic from a script by Phil Johnston (CEDAR RAPIDS, NEBRASKA).

Here's a brief synopsis of the book:

The story is set in New Orleans in the early 1960s. The central character is Ignatius J. Reilly, an educated but slothful 30-year-old man still living with his mother in the city's Uptown neighborhood, who, due to an incident early in the book, must set out to get a job. In his quest for employment he has various adventures with colorful French Quarter characters.

I am ashamed that I haven't read this, as I've heard of it frequently throughout the years.  However, with this news, I actually downloaded it to my kindle and plan to get caught up.  I'm a fan of Galifianakis and this seems like a role he was born to play.  Bobin's involvement with HBO's Flight of the Conchords and Da Ali G Show are what make him a great choice to handle this as well.  All in all, this feels like it could be a hell of a movie and I'm immediately reminded of a Terry Giliam-esque type of film, which is pretty awesome.

What do you think?  Do you have a better creative team in mind or does this fall in line with what you'd hope to see?

Extra Tidbit: The title derives from the epigraph by Jonathan Swift: "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."
Source: Vulture

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3:34PM on 05/23/2012
Paul, you write, "this seems like a role Galifianaka was born to play." I could not agree more. Ignatius and Galifianakas's characters have much in common: intellectual, foolish, slovenly, weird, pudgy & scuzzy. I can see Galifianakis in the role.
I have but one central concern for this future release. The film must be a smart, heady experience. Sure, Confederacy has a very funny and entertaining plot. But, this adaptation must communicate the book's subtexts. Within Ignatius's story, the
Paul, you write, "this seems like a role Galifianaka was born to play." I could not agree more. Ignatius and Galifianakas's characters have much in common: intellectual, foolish, slovenly, weird, pudgy & scuzzy. I can see Galifianakis in the role.
I have but one central concern for this future release. The film must be a smart, heady experience. Sure, Confederacy has a very funny and entertaining plot. But, this adaptation must communicate the book's subtexts. Within Ignatius's story, the reader finds deeply provocative discussions about academics & intelligence, family, race relations, business practices, social conscience, et. al. The movie adaptation must be a similar "smart" and engrossing experience. Otherwise, the film-makers have merely exploited the book's good name. Confederacy of Dunces: The Movie must be an instant cult classic and an arthouse hit such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Garden State, Being John Malcovich, etc. And, Confederacy-2013 (or whenever) msut speak to our present times. We Americans need to encounter its messages about laziness, narcissism, and over-education--all of which Ignatius embodies.
Furthermore, if one has read the book, one knows that Ignatius cannot stand bad cinema, and he must complain loudly throughout the entire film if he encounters it. We theatre-goers wouldn't want that circumstance, now would we?
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2:42PM on 05/23/2012

As awesome as it would be

it can't happen, and I want to keep seeing Zach Galifianakis in movies ... so don't do it.
it can't happen, and I want to keep seeing Zach Galifianakis in movies ... so don't do it.
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12:41PM on 05/23/2012
The resemblance is damn near spot on. Though John Candy would've been even more right, better, funnier etc.

I miss you Mr. Candy.
The resemblance is damn near spot on. Though John Candy would've been even more right, better, funnier etc.

I miss you Mr. Candy.
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12:34PM on 05/23/2012
In theory I have no problem with this, but I heard this book was basically unfilmable, as many have tried and given up, soderbergh most recently included in that mix and not just due to the untimely deaths of the above mentioned actors
In theory I have no problem with this, but I heard this book was basically unfilmable, as many have tried and given up, soderbergh most recently included in that mix and not just due to the untimely deaths of the above mentioned actors
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