After writing blog posts during a year as a stripper in Minneapolis, writing a book about the experience, writing a exceptional smash-hit screenplay (Juno), and catching a lot of attention dressed up as the long lost sister of Barney Rubble, Diablo Cody has caught tons of attention.
Few writers have risen in star power so quick. While some may call her crazy, I'm starting to wonder if Diablo Cody is really a very very smart person who knows how to use the Hollywood machine to generate all the press she needs to be a hot commodity, and as a writer no doubt. In fact, she is using techniques that musicians and actors have used. Allowing the press to create all the buzz you need.
The question is whether or not Diablo Cody's screenwriting will continue to keep people interested.
Diablo Cody has to named upcoming projects a television series called The United States of Tara and a film called Jennifer's Body.
Of the two projects, one sounds great, the other sounds like a bust...but I've learned not to judge a project by it's title or it's premise.
But, of the two projects the most intriguing is The United States of Tara. The US of T is a Showtime TV series, created by Steven Spielburg with Dreamworks. The TV show is about a mom with split personalities trying to hold her family together. The premise, sounds a little like the Ali Larter storyline in Heroes, but what makes this even cooler is Toni Collette's playing the Split-Personality mom. Has there been better casting?
Yet, the movie Jennifer's Body sounds a little Scream/Faculty/I Know What you Did Last Summer-ish. Of course I could be wrong but the story is apparently about a cheerleader who starts killing her male classmates. The movie is directed by Karyn Kusama (Girl Fight) and stars Megan Fox (Transformers). This doesn't quiet sound like the next big hit, but who knows?
There's also supposed to be a script floating around called "Girly Style" that I believe has been picked up by Universal.
Who knows if Diablo Cody will stay in the game, and if the Diablo Cody franchise will former, similar to other fan-favorite screen writers like Charlie Kaufman or Tarantino.
And I'm still interested in Cody writing Juno 2, even if it's 20 years from now.