Johansson & Gordon-Levitt in 'Breathers: A Zombie's Lament'?

September 1, 2010
Source: Pajiba

Scarlett Johansson & Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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.

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I hope the two become offical cast, Johansson and Gordon-Levitt with the latter as a zombie, sounds awesome!

Xerxex on Sep 1, 2010

2 S.J. is stolen biological material, taken against will and formed to clones line 200 pieces total. DANGEROUS, DANGEROUS, sign of dangerous criminal activity. Original Scarlett Galabekian future pediatrician doctor, pediatrician nurse license she obtained in 2008.

Serge on Sep 1, 2010


Cody is overrated. Juno and Jennifer's Body are horrible movies. But alas I am keen for this movie, it sort of sounds like it could be like Wristcutters, which was surprisingly unique.

Ben on Sep 1, 2010


Sounds lame but if they do cast JGL I'll definitely see it.

CLAW on Sep 1, 2010


lol at having more faith in Diablo Cody than JGL

silver on Sep 1, 2010


Still, they'd be a pretty hot couple in a movie or in real life.

Eli on Sep 1, 2010


aren't there enough romcoms? they have to ruin the zombie genre too?

beavis on Sep 1, 2010


Love the concept! Just hope it turns out better than Jennifer's body!

Sumit on Sep 2, 2010


#7 - at least there aren't 5 zombie flicks coming out every week with each one worse than the last. and as far as zombie films - the upcoming "the dead" looks to be very good. (however, i will concede that george romero shouldn't be allowed to make movies anymore)

beavis on Sep 2, 2010


Sounds like a good idea to me. I loved Jennifer's Body, too bad it was a flop.

Lincoln on Sep 2, 2010


2 hotties...great casting . I don't care about the plot! loll!

I am... on Sep 2, 2010


@Alex - Diablo Cody is co-producing, not adapting. As far as I know, Geoff LaTulippe (Going the Distance) is the writer on this project.

12916studios on Sep 6, 2010


Ack, I thought Alex wrote this article. Guess I was wrong. So make that @Ethan Anderton instead.

12916studios on Sep 6, 2010


I love this book. I love Geoff LaTulippe. And I freaking adore Joseph Gordon-Levitt... so I am definitely looking forward to this.

Caroline on Sep 11, 2010

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