Breathers – Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson

The fantastic book, Breathers, by S. G. Browne, is being made into a movie and will be produced by Diablo Cody.  Rumors are that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson have been cast for the starring roles.  Here’s a synopsis of the story from book’s website: Andy’s life is a mess. A newly risen zombie, he’s forced to live in his parents’ basement, attend Undead Anonymous meetings just to get out of the house, and endure abuse of all kinds from the living. To make matters worse, he can’t even talk, though that’s because his mouth was sewn shut prior to being embalmed. Things begin to look up when Andy meets Rita, a gorgeous zombie who slashed her own wrists and throat; nebbish, vegetarian Tom, whose arm was stolen by a pack of drunken frat boys; and Ray, an undead renegade who introduces the gang to the wonders of eating “breathers.” Some die-hard horror aficionados may find this take on zombies too full of shtick (e.g., the running joke that falls flat by its second appearance), but Browne confidently balances a love story with ample amounts of gore and gags that should win over fans of George Romero (Night of the Living Dead et seq.) and fans of Shaun of the Dead, too. A welcome deviation in zombie lit. I’m looking forward to this movie – a welcome addition to the zombie genre – I knew it was just a matter of time until zombies would become sexy.
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