Johansson & Gordon-Levitt in 'Breathers: A Zombie's Lament'?
We already know Diablo Cody is re-teaming with director Jason Reitman for Young Adult, but previously the quirky screenwriter (who also wrote Jennifer's Body) was said to be crafting another unique take on the horror genre with an adaptation of S.G. Browne's dark comedy Breathers: A Zombie's Lament. The film is a zombie-led romantic comedy following Andy, a dead man who discovers himself newly re-animated as a decaying zombie and must figure out what it means to live as an "un-dead" in a society that denies his kind basic rights. Pajiba reports Scarlett Johansson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are loosely attached to star.
If you're looking for a little more insight into the story, here's a full summary of the book from 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."
You can't knock its originality, but I'm not so sure that audiences will be too keen on following a decaying zombie as their romantic lead (even if he ends up being played by the charming Gordon-Levitt). If anyone can make this work on the page, it's Cody and her unique writing style. Jennifer's Body may not have been all that successful, but it wasn't without some great moments and a style all its own. Apparently the project is currently out to directors, so hopefully we'll be finding out who's sitting in the director's chair soon. He's already ventured into zombie territory before, but maybe Edgar Wright? I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.