Release Date: TBA
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: James Bobin
Screenwriter: Phil Johnston
Starring: Zach Galifianakis
Plot Summary: Based on John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a slovenly 30-something who, living with his mother, sets out to find a job in New Orleans' French Quarter. Thinking himself a highly-educated genius, Reilly's quixotic nature serves as a sharp contrast to the various souls he encounters.
The acclaimed novel was published in 1980, more than a decade after the death of the author. Suffering from depression, Toole committed suicide in 1969 but, thanks to the determined work of his mother, his manuscript found its way into the hands of author Walker Percy, who was instrumental in bringing Toole's book to print.
I read this book in college and I didn't really find it all that funny. It became very repetitive about halfway through the book and it was just kind of the same thing over and over again. I mean, I got the joke that Reilly is an obnoxious blowhard that thinks he's better than everyone else, but it was a pretty long book to sustain that one joke.
That being said, this is a pretty good role for Zach to play, as he can do unearned pomposity very well (his character in "Due Date" was about as irritating as I remember the character in this book being). Bobin being the director makes me a little more hopeful too.
32 years is a long time from the publication of a book to making a movie based on it. It reminds me of the discussion of "Catcher in the Rye" this week on NNF and why they haven't ever made a movie based on it. I think PFT joked on one of the Dead Authors Podcasts as H.G. Wells- "The book has inspired a lot of psychopaths to go out and try to kill famous people, why don't they make a movie out of it and allow some ILLiterate people to be similarly inspired?"