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Diablo Cody to visit Sweet Valley High

Posted by LiveFor on September 23, 2009

diablocodyDiablo Cody’s heading back to high school, signing on to write and produce an adaptation of the “Sweet Valley High” book series for Universal. Mason Novick, Adam Siegel and Marc Platt are also producing.

Universal agreed to a deal with Cody and her manager Novick, outbidding Fox for the project. It’s in talks to acquire the film rights to the book series created by Francine Pascal and published by Random House.

The “Sweet Valley” novels followed the lives of identical twins with dissimilar personalities — the sensitive and practical Elizabeth and the flighty and boy-crazy Jessica — in the fictional town of Sweet Valley. There were more than 150 books in the series between 1983 and 2003 and a TV series with 88 episodes between 1994 and 1997.

Universal put out the word last week that it’s not spending money for the rest of this year to advance development projects — unless they’re being fast-tracked or greenlit.

This deal comes on the heels of a lousy opening for “Jennifer’s Body,” which Cody scripted.

Cody’s also attached to produce “Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament” for Fox Searchlight.

Now who do you want to play the twins?

Source: Variety

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When Diablo met Stan

Posted by LiveFor on August 1, 2009

This is great. Check out Diablo Cody’s (screenwriter of Juno and Jennifer’s Body) reaction when she spots Marvel giant, Stan Lee. Excelsior!

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When Diablo met Stan

Posted by LiveFor on July 30, 2009

This is great. Check out Diablo Cody’s (screenwriter of Juno and Jennifer’s Body) when she spots Marvel giant, Stan Lee. Excelsior!

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When Diablo met Stan

Posted by LiveFor on July 30, 2009

This is great. Check out Diablo Cody’s (screenwriter of Juno and Jennifer’s Body) when she spots Marvel giant, Stan Lee. Excelsior!

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Jennifer’s Body – New Poster. Megan Fox dressed as a schoolgirl

Posted by LiveFor on July 10, 2009

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Jennifer’s Body – Trailer for Megan Fox as a cheerleader possessed by a demon film

Posted by LiveFor on July 6, 2009

Described as a Heathers-like dark comedy written by Diablo Cody, Jennifer’s Body tells the story of a seemingly-perfect cheerleader (Megan Fox) whose life is thrown into disarray when she gets possessed by a demon, begins eating boys in her small town, then faces off against her best friend and the Satan-worshipping band that made her evil.

Due out on 18th September.

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Gerard Way talks about The Umbrella Academy’s next series and the film adaption

Posted by LiveFor on November 25, 2008


Umbrella Academy” writer (and My Chemical Romance frontman) Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Ba have been busy at work on the next mini-series of the excellent and weird comic book. Gerard has been talking to MTV about both. (The Wiki entry for it is here to bring you up to speed)
With the critical and commercial success of “The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite” under its belt, the Eisner-winning collaborators continue with “The Umbrella Academy: Dallas,” which hits stores this week through Dark Horse Comics. Bearing fan expectations in mind, the duo spoke confidently of their vision for the future of “The Umbrella Academy” — both in terms of the comic series as well as the fast-tracked “Umbrella Academy” feature film.
“We really truly hadn’t anticipated [‘Apocalypse Suite’] to be so well-received and get so much attention,” said Way, “So that obviously kind of raised the stakes, [and] not in a negative way. If anything, it’s forced us to go even further to not pay attention to what people think about it or what they’re going to think about it.”
His collaborator, Ba, agreed, and thinks fans have been quick to realize that the platinum-selling artist is one of their own (not really a secret, considering before starting MCR, Way attended art school and interned at DC Comics). “I think that we have overcome the initial point of ‘Gerard is a musician writing a comic’ and all the attention that got us, both good and bad, and now we just have to focus on doing the best we can on the following series,” said Ba.

“Dallas” opens to a familiar sight. “Are we really fighting another monument?!” shouts a ten-year-old Kraken as he and his super-powered siblings engage a giant, fire-breathing Lincoln Monument. Once again Ba’s economic line balances form with function, adding stylish gravitas to Way’s quirky, cinematic dialogue. It’s like a Wes Anderson movie penned by a feverish Grant Morrison.
“Every single issue is taking some kind of very big risk, and that’s been amazing,” said Way.But “Dallas” isn’t the only project expanding the “UA” mythos. With the “Umbrella Academy” movie green-lit for production through Universal, Way’s been busy navigating Hollywood for the right talent to ensure a faithful-yet-fresh film.

“They want me really involved, which is flattering. So I’m going to be as involved as I can, while at the same time relinquishing control of the stuff,” said Way, “I’d like to be available to them but at the end of the day I’m not going to tell them how to do their job.”

As involved as Way is though, there is one thing he won’t be doing – writing the script, especially with writers like Diablo Cody (”Juno”) popping up as potential candidates.

“I’m definitely going to turn it over to a screenwriter. I even got Final Draft so I can figure out what they do,” said Way, “The craft of actually writing the screenplay as far as the pacing, that’s something that’s alien to me.”
Way says he wants an entertaining script with action, but most importantly it needs to feel like, “a quirky art-house film.”

Busy at the drawing board, Ba hasn’t involved himself with the movie just yet, but has high hopes for a future “Umbrella” onscreen adaptation as well as for comics themselves.

“I’d like [the film] to be a great experience for the public who doesn’t even know it was a comic book and I’d love to get everyone who sees the movie into the stores to buy comics.”

MTV also have a preview for issue 1 of The Umbrella Academy: Dallas so go on over and take a look.

Have you read the first Umbrella Academy mini series? What did you think of it? I loved it and thought it had a Grant Morrison Doom Patrol vibe running through it, plus the artwork was stupendous. If it does make it to the big screen who would you like to see playing the various members of The Umbrella Academy? I personally feel it should be a stop motion thing in the vein of The Nightmare Before Christmas, but that’s just me.

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The Random

Posted by LiveFor on October 2, 2008

“‘Fight Club’ author Chuck Palahniuk is running a competition in that if you get the most people to see the film adaptation of his novel “Choke” then he will name a character after you in his next book…” (full details)

“Shia LaBeouf was injured by a prop on the set of “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” He apparently received a cut above his right eyebrow that required stitched, but he returned to work shortly thereafter…” (full details)”

The Steven Spielberg-produced, Diablo Cody-scripted Showtime series “United States of Tara” will premiere at 10pm on January 18th 2009 after the final season premiere of “The L Word”. Toni Collette plays a mother with multiple personality disorder…” (full details)

“WALL-E” producer Jim Morris confirms that Toy Story and Toy Story’s 2 3D re-release are not being changed – “Not a thing. We’re not changing a thing in the movies. We’re not changing the timing, story, pacing, the shots, anything… There’s no new shots. There’s no new nothing. It’s exactly the same movie you saw before…” (full details)

Ang Lee is filming a comedy called Taking Woodstock, based on a book by a man who allowed the famous music festival to take place in 1969. [reuters]

The number of new DVD titles released this year so far is 14% down from the same period last year. [THR]

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The Random

Posted by LiveFor on July 16, 2008

– Diablo Cody (love that name), scriptwriter of Juno, is apparantly writing a screenplay for a new DreamWorks project. This will be based on an original idea by Spielberg. Variety have more on this. How about that for news which doesn’t really tell you much of anything!!

– Hollywood Reporter are saying that Justin Theroux, who wrote Tropic Thunder, is in negotiations to write Iron Man 2.

– Apparantly Tarantino wants Brad Pitt to play the character of Aldo Raine (the bloke who puts the squad together) in Inglorious Bastards and Leonardo DiCaprio to play the boss Nazi, Hans Landa. Variety have the story.

Monster Squad to be remade. Sounds good, but then you find out Rob Cohen (who made The Skulls, xXx, Stealth) is producing it. The original was a brilliant movie with all the classic monsters trying to take over the World. Plus it was Stan Winston on the effects back then.

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