Currently part of the team responsible for the animated hit Disney film WRECK-IT RALPH, writer PHIL JOHNSTON is now hard at work adapting a cult classic for the big screen. Published posthumously 11 years after the suicide of author JOHN KENNEDY TOOLE, A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES is a hilariously quirky novel set in New Orleans in the 1960s and centered on an odd-ball collection of characters who define the word “colorful.” TOOLE’S book was pushed into publication by his determined mother, THELMA, after being turned down by all the major publishing houses and went on to become an underground hit. Thought to be “unfilmable”, the project has been shuffling around Hollywood for years but now, because of interest from actor ZACH GALIFIANIKIS (so perfect for the lead character of Ignatius J. Reilly), appears to again be on the move. During our recent interview with JOHNSTON, he talked about getting a cinematic handle on the story.
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