Will Farrell, John Belushi, John Candy, and now Zach Galifianakis. What do they have in common? All have been rumored that they were going to play Ignatius J. Reilly in a film adaptation of "Confederacy of Dunces."
"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," says a piece in Vulture, an entertainment site for New York magazine.
With zero success in previous attempts to turn Toole's novel into a film, the odds of this happening seems long, but we can hope.