Diablo Cody to Write and Produce a Sweet Valley High Movie

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Well it looks like Diablo Cody may have just found that one career-defining movie that she was put on this Earth to write. In the wake of a relatively weak opening for Jennifer’s Body, Variety reports that Cody has just signed on to write and produce a movie based on Francine Pascal’s Sweet Valley High teen book series for Universal Pictures.

For the uninitiated, the Sweet Valley High books have been around since the ’80s, and follow the adventures of two identical twins, Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, as they date boys, compete on the cheerleading squad, and do other stereotypical teenage girl type stuff. The series was adapted for the small screen back in the mid-’90s on Fox and UPN. It isn’t very clear whether or not the movie will actually be aimed at younger viewers, or if it will be turned into a Clueless-style ironic teen comedy, but knowing Diablo Cody, I would bet on the latter. Why else would she be interested?

I doubt many of Cody’s male detractors will have anything to say about this particular project, so she should be able to put it out there with relatively little blogger backlash. Still, is this a good career move for the Oscar-winning screenwriter, or should she be aspiring to accomplish something more?



  • The Other Guy

    Woo-Hoo! One more movie I WON’T see!

  • DeadFox

    Yea, I agree with the other guy.

  • Machete

    FUCK Cody!

  • Good, she deserves this. I look forward to more work from a ballsy WOMAN. we get enough crap movies from the male dominated film world as it is.

  • fatbologna

    *Dodges Rus’ Jizzwad*

    I can’t think of anything more vomitous…

  • Captain N

    That guy on the cover of the book looks like Freddie Mercury.

  • Mike

    there is such irrational hatred for Cody, I don’t quite understand it. I liked Juno, I haven’t seen Jennifer’s Body, but I’ll give it and/or this movie a chance.

  • I was more of a Baby-Sitters Club girl growing up, but I read a few Sweet Valley books too. Cute stuff. The show in the 90s was laughably terrible. I hope this is better than that was.

  • Machete

    FUCK Deiablo.

  • Ovenball

    Homer, that’s the stupidest story I’ve ever heard, and I’ve read the entire Sweet Valley High series. – Moe

  • 1138

    Boy there is a lot of hate for Diablo Cody. I didn’t like Juno and thought the writing was never truly representative of the characters, rather it was more representative of Diablo Cody. It was her voice rather the voices of the characters. Definitely not academy award caliber writing. So I am not a fan of her work…but all this hating is kind of funny.

  • “but all this hating is kind of SAD”

  • Mike

    “the writing was never truly representative of the characters, rather it was more representative of Diablo Cody. It was her voice rather the voices of the characters. ”

    I remember hearing this complaint about Tarantino