Love it or hate it, you have to admit that Juno was a pretty amazing indie success story, and the movie instantly catapulted both director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody to fame. Reitman followed it up with the multiple Oscar-nominated Up in the Air, while Cody’s next script resulted in the somewhat disappointing horror comedy Jennifer’s Body. No doubt she is hoping to get things back on track again by reteaming with Jason Reitman on her next original screenplay, Young Adult. Despite the fact that Reitman has been eyeing a few other projects lately, it looks like this will be his next directorial gig, with Charlize Theron attached to star and a potential November 10th start date in mind.
The story revolves around a ghost writer of young adult novels who wants to reclaim her identity. In order to do this, she attempts to win back her high school boyfriend (who is now married with kids) and revisits old friends and tries to help them achieve their dreams. Is it a coincidence that this script has come about after Cody herself was just hired to write a screenplay for a Sweet Valley High movie?
As for Reitman, it does seem a little surprising that he would be so eager to direct another Diablo Cody script, especially since he has so many other projects in development — not to mention the fact that the Juno backlash is still going strong. I can’t help but think he is running the risk of throwing away all the credibility he built up with Up in the Air, but perhaps the script is just really good. I’ll be curious to see if Cody is still focusing on hipster references and funny slang, or if this will be a more mature effort for her. What do you think, does Young Adult sound like a movie that is worth getting excited about?