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?