After several decades stuck in development hell, the plans to turn John Kennedy Toole’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “A Confederacy of Dunces” may finally have a chance at Paramount Pictures says Vulture.
Set in New Orleans in the early 1960s, the story follows an educated but slothful 30-year-old man living with his mother who must set out to get a job. In his quest for employment he has various adventures with colorful French Quarter characters.
The latest names attached to the project are “The Muppets” director James Bobin, “Cedar Rapids” scribe Phil Johnston and “The Hangover” actor Zach Galifianakis who’re in either negotiations or are already attached to the project in those capacities. Scott Rudin is already set to produce.
Amongst the famous names to have been attached over the years are actors like John Belushi, John Candy, Richard Pryor, Chris Farley, John Goodman, Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, Alan Cumming, Jesse Eisenberg, Lily Tomlin and Mos Def. Other writers and directors that have been onboard or expressed serious interest have been the likes of Steven Soderbergh, Stephen Fry, Harold Ramis, David Gordon Green and John Waters.