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Even though her latest movie, Jennifer's Body, tanked at the box office last weekend, Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody isn't giving up her high school obsession just yet. Her next project will be an adaptation of the teen romance book series, Sweet Valley High.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has tapped Cody to help bring the popular young adult fiction franchise to the big screen. Sweet Valley High books have been a favorite of teenage girls since they debuted in 1983. Author Francine Pascal has penned a total of 150 Sweet Valley High novels since then, and an astounding 60 million of them are in print today.
Cody has been said to be among the many fans of the Sweet Valley High books, which follow the lives of the popular blonde Wakefield twins.
Word of this new project comes at a good news/bad news time for Cody. Sunday night saw a surprise win for Toni Collette, who won for her work on the Diablo-conceived Showtime series, United States of Tara. But the Emmy high was dampened by unexpectedly dismal opening weekend ticket sales for the Cody-penned Megan Fox vehicle, Jennifer's Body. (Though few predicted it would be the number-one grossing film, it was assumed that top sex symbol Fox would drive greater ticket sales than the paltry $6.8 million the film netted.)
While she was disappointed by the film's performance, Diablo managed to keep her chin up, as evidenced by her darkly comic Twitter stream.
On Monday, she Tweeted: "Team Tara is jubilant. Team J-Bod is suicidal. Playing both sides is exhausting. Can't distinguish between whoops/wails on phone."
And later the same day: "I may have just accidentally consumed acetone. If I die, note that it was not a suicide. Despite timing."
And despite the recent ups-and-downs, Diablo has earned her fair share of accolades: she won an Academy Award for her first project, Juno, which also garnered a Golden Globe nomination and awards from BAFTA, the Writers Guild of America, Broadcast Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review and several regional film associations.
Her Emmy-winning series, United States of Tara, is currently shooting its second season and will be back on Showtime early next year.
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