‘Dunces’ in Nantucket fest corner

Ferrell, Perez, Peet to participate in staged reading

After 20 years in development, the film adaptation of John Kennedy Toole’s novel “A Confederacy of Dunces” will finally be seen by an audience — but not on the bigscreen.

David Gordon Green, who was attached last spring to direct the film for Miramax, will helm a staged reading of the script next month at the Nantucket Film Festival. The script is by Steven Soderbergh and Scott Kramer.

Among actors participating in the event are Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Rosie Perez, Alan Cumming, Kristin Johnston, Anne Meara, Cathy Moriarty, Mos Def and Amanda Peet, with Olympia Dukakis and Lili Taylor still to be confirmed.

Scheduled for a spring shooting in New Orleans, the project was pushed back, with Green signing on in the interim to do “Undertow” for ContentFilm (Cannes Show Daily, May 16).

The “Dunces” film has no production start date.

Nantucket fest artistic director Mystelle Brabbee explains, “They’ve never heard it read out loud before so this is an opportunity for Scott and David to hear how it sounds with actors. Because Nantucket has been doing readings as part of our program since the festival’s inception, they gave it to us here to have some fun with.”

An event primarily devoted to screenwriting, the Nantucket fest runs June 19-22. Other items on the program include an award to scribe Ruth Prawer Jhabvala presented by her frequent collaborators Ismail Merchant and James Ivory; and a night of live storytelling hosted by Perez and Cumming.

Films screening include “The Technical Writer,” “The Cuckoo,” “Sex Is Comedy,” “The Boys of Second Street Park” and “To Be and to Have.”

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