Diablo Cody Might Write Ratner's Long Awaited Playboy Movie
It's been a few years since a biopic about Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner was announced with Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Red Dragon) attached to direct. Last year there was even a rumor that Robert Downey Jr. was in very serious negotiations to take on the role of the father of the Playboy bunny. However, other than quick fleeting mentions of speculation it doesn't seem like there's been any real progress made towards going into production. However, Cinematical made a keen observation on Twitter when Hefner updated: "Meeting with Diablo Cody to talk about the Brian Grazer Playboy film today." Oh really, Hef?
But the guys at Cinematical also noticed that the usually vocal Cody didn't seem to call attention to the meeting on her Twitter page. So is she re-writing a current draft? Will she craft a different story? Who knows!? This definitely seems like an interesting and unlikely pairing though with Cody's characters usually having a certain feminist angle to them, and the Playboy Playmates not exactly being the most positive of role models for women. But, hey, maybe they're looking for someone to make the script more respectful of women and dull down the potential (and likely) chauvinism in it. I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.
Although she does have an Oscar, Cody's last feature, Jennifer's Body, didn't fare too well at the box office and only got 42% on Rotten Tomatoes. But with Sweet Valley High and maybe this Playboy movie on her slate coming up, she might be able to redeem herself and write some more hits for Hollywood. Thoughts?