John Kennedy Toole may just become modern culture’s Van Gogh, finding now even more posthumous recognition for his book, A Confederacy of Dunces.
background – Toole writes a book revolving around the character of Ignatius J. Reilly; no one will publish his book; in his grief he kills himself. 11 years later, after his mother finds a carbon copy of the manuscript, the book is published by Louisiana State University Press in 1980, is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 198 and goes on to turn into a proverbial cult classic.
John Kennedy Toole’s posthumously Pulitzer Prize–winning novel may finally be taking its protagonist’s advice: Vulture hears exclusively that Flight of the Conchords co-creator and The Muppets director James Bobin is in negotiations to at long last bring the picaresque paean to New Orleans to the big screen via producer Scott Rudin and Paramount Pictures. We hear the script will be fashioned by Cedar Rapids screenwriter Phil Johnston (who also co-wrote Alexander Payne’s forthcoming Nebraska) and that, perhaps best of all, the seemingly perfectly matched Zach Galifianakis is attached to the project to star as Reilly ~ vulture.com
all things considered, we may just be set for a phenomenal piece of film adaptation. if you are a die-hard fan of the book, you might find you are not alone considering this Open Letter To Zach Galifianakis Regarding Him Starring In The Film Adaptation Of ‘A Confederacy Of Dunces’.
“When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign,
that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.” ~ Jonathan Swift