A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Sadly, Toole’s Pulitzer-winning novel wasn’t published until eleven years after he took his own life. Though many of folks have tried to adapt the novel to film, including Will Ferrell, Harold Ramis, John Goodman and Stephen Fry, all attempts have fallen flat. Perhaps the reason CoD hasn’t been made is due to a purported curse:
Various reasons are cited as to why the movie has yet to be filmed. They include disorganization and lack of interest at Paramount Pictures, the head of the Louisiana State Film Commission being murdered, and the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans. When asked why the film was never made, Will Ferrell has said it is a “mystery”.A 2007 Cracked.com article titled “The 10 Most Awesome Movies Hollywood Ever Killed” had the version starring Ferrell at #1, and paraphrased him saying that “it’s the movie everyone in Hollywood wants to make, but no one wants to finance.”
There is currently a version in negotiation with director James Bobin and potentially starring Zach Galifianakis. In an interview, Steven Soderbergh remarked “I think it’s cursed. I’m not prone to superstition, but that project has got bad mojo on it.”
Cross your fingers that the curse or bad gris gris disappears and we finally get to see Toole’s classic on the screen.