Undead Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson to take on “BREATHERS”?

Originally posted on 2010-09-02 18:06:31 by Samuel Zimmerman

Since the announcement that Oscar winner Diablo Cody (JUNO, JENNIFER’S BODY) had secured the rights to produce an adaptation of S.G. Browne’s zombie-rights novel, BREATHERS: A ZOMBIE’S LAMENT, the project has been relatively quiet. Today, there’s word that two pretty interesting and high profile stars are attached to the film. Hit the jump to learn more!

Pajiba is reporting that INCEPTION’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt and IRON MAN 2’s Scarlett Johansson are circling BREATHERS and loosely lined up to essay Andy and Rita, the novel’s undead protagonists.

Here’s a synopsis of the hip, ghoulish tale: “Meet Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie. Resented by his parents, abandoned by his friends, and reviled by a society that no longer considers him human, Andy is having a bit of trouble adjusting to his new existence. But all that changes when he goes to an Undead Anonymous meeting and finds kindred souls in Rita, an impossibly sexy recent suicide with a taste for the formaldehyde in cosmetic products, and Jerry, a 21-year-old car crash victim with an exposed brain and a penchant for Renaissance pornography. When the group meets a rogue zombie who teaches them the joys of human flesh, things start to get messy, and Andy embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will take him from his casket, to the SPCA, to a media-driven class-action lawsuit on behalf of the rights of zombies everywhere.”

I recently read BREATHERS and while zombie purists will most likely not be into it, the book is often funny, interesting and clever (if not a bit too influenced by Chuck Palahniuk) and definitely fits with Cody’s sensibilities. The film has been scripted by Geoff Latulippe (this week’s GOING THE DISTANCE). Stay tuned.

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