Somehow John Kennedy Toole’s New Orleans set satirical farce has resisted making it to the big screen, being touted to be, as they say, ‘unfilmable.’ Harold Ramis, Stephen Soderbergh, David Gordon Green, Stephen Fry, and John Waters have all taken stabs at bringing the novel to the screen. Potential Ignatius Reilly’s have, since the early 1980s until now, included John Candy, John Belushi, Chris Farley, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John Goodman, with Will Farrell being the closest ever to actually being filmed — until Hurricane Katrina put the kibosh on that one.
Now add Zach Galifianakis (who, admittedly, has the body type and demeanor for it) to the heap, perhaps only in an ironic sense, considering how he mentioned this in passing, “I’ve read two books in my life, and I’d like to do ‘Confederacy of Dunces’ — which will never happen.” to a New Yorker columnist.
Big grain of salt towards any movement on this, ever. But I would love to see it attempted. What is David O. Russell doing, post-The Fighter?