Fox Searchlight acquires zombie book

Fox Searchlight has acquired rights to the upcoming novel “Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament” by S.G. Browne.

Diablo Cody will produce the zombie romantic comedy, marking her third collaboration with the specialty label following “Juno” and the upcoming Megan Fox starrer “Jennifer’s Body,” which Cody exec produced.

“Breathers” centers on a recently deceased Everyman and newly minted zombie who is having trouble adjusting to his new existence. All that changes when he goes to an Undead Anonymous meeting and finds kindred souls.

Broadway will publish the book March 3.

Mason Novick is also producing, and Geoff Latulippe will adapt.

Latulippe penned the romantic comedy spec “Going the Distance,” which is being developed by New Line and Offspring Entertainment as a helming vehicle for documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein.

The Gersh Agency, which reps Cody, the author and the screenwriter, packaged the project.

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