Geoff LaTulippe Adapting Breathers: A Zombie's Lament for Diablo Cody and Mason Novick
by Alex Billington
February 16, 2009
Budding screenwriter Geoff LaTulippe is on a roll - his breakout script Going the Distance was on the Black List and is in development at New Line and now he's set to adapt a novel called "Breathers: A Zombie's Lament" written by S.G. Browne. In advance of its actual debut on bookshelves, LaTulippe is teaming up with producers Diablo Cody and Mason Novick (Juno, Jennifer's Body) to adapt the zombie novel and sell it to a studio. Sounds like one hell of a dream team. I'm sure the three are planning to whip up a "rom-zom-com" movie that, just as book does, "reinvents zombie culture for the 21st century."
This news originates from the Twitter for Production Weekly (via SlashFilm), although since that was posted, I've been able to confirm that it is indeed completely accurate, given I really don't trust Production Weekly at all. That said, since the book isn't even out in stores until March 3rd, I haven't really heard much buzz yet, so I'll turn to the plot description that comes from the trusted critics on Amazon:
"Andy Warner reanimates after the car accident that kills his wife, but is too mangled from his injuries to talk. He lives in his parents' wine cellar, occasionally attending a zombie support group and struggling to rejoin a society that offers the undead no rights, bans them from working and doesn't even punish those who destroy them. When Andy and his fellow zombies—notably Rita, a sexy suicide victim with a lipstick fetish, and Jerry, a Playboy-obsessed stoner—learn why they're so driven to consume human flesh, the repercussions are both tragic and hilarious."
That actually sounds like a hilarious story. Apparently it "neatly mixes humor and extreme violence with a surprisingly tender love story, some witty social satire and an extremely strong narrative voice." I'm actually very interested in reading it and I suggest you reserve a copy as well. If you're unsure at the moment, the first chapter of the book can be read in its entirety on the official website. While the zombie comedy genre has been explored extensively in the past few years, only a few particular movies really stand out - namely Shaun of the Dead, Army of Darkness, and Fido. Though I'll say that it sounds like "Breathers: A Zombie's Lament" is on the right path to becoming another zombie comedy favorite as well.