What would you say if we were to tell you that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson are looking to star in a Diablo Cody-produced zombie romantic comedy with some marked political undertones? Hopefully your response, like ours, is somewhere along the lines of "That's the best news I've heard all day!"
/Film is reporting that the flick—which Joe and ScarJo are loosely attached to right now—is something along the lines of "Shaun of the Dead" meets "District 9" meets "Wristcutters: A Love Story" meets "Fight Club." In actuality, the film will most likely be called "Breathers: A Zombie's Lament."
Here's the official synopsis for the film:
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 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.
The script comes from "Going The Distance's" Geoff Latulippe, which unto itself promises some smart, witty writing, but the premise alone is enough to get us hooked. We love this new side of zombies as just being another element of society, because it reminds us so much of what "True Blood" did with vampires. "Breathers" seems much more tongue-in-cheek than "True Blood" is, but the idea of a new, relatable side to zombies sounds like one of the most fun and unique concepts we've heard of in a while.
Does this casting sound as perfect to you as it does to us? What do you think of the idea of making zombies into relatable creatures?