Diablo Cody (Juno, The United States of Tara) is producing — but not writing — an adaptation of the yet-to-be-released zombie romantic comedy book “Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament” from author S.G. Browne. The book tells the story of 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,” says author S.G. Browne’s official website.
“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 twenty-one-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.”
Based on description alone — and the fact that the first chapter of the book can be read on the aforementioned author’s website — the book smells a lot like “Twilight for zombie lovers.” Though I’d place confidence in the corner of Diablo Cody, who seems to be making solid choices for upcoming projects. The only variable here is that Cody isn’t writing the script, she is simply producing. Geoff Latulippe, whose only other credit is a film called Going the Distance, a 2011 release that has drawn the attachment of American Teen director Nanette Burstein, has been tapped to write the script.
The final bit of good news is that the option was made by Fox Searchlight. That, friends, is always good news.
What do you think of a zombie romcom produced by Diablo Cody?