Mandate Fast-Tracks Diablo Cody's New Script 'Young Adult'
by Alex Billington
March 25, 2010
I know not everyone is a big fan of screenwriter Diablo Cody, but I think she's written some refreshingly unique scripts and I'm always at least interested in her new projects. Although she's already got Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament and Sweet Valley High in the works, EW.com is reporting that Cody's other new script called Young Adult has been put on the fast-track at Mandate Pictures. The big selling point is that this is the same production company behind Juno, but Jason Reitman's not involved, so that doesn't mean much. Cody is also producing the film along with Mandate, Mason Novick, and Malkovich's Mr. Mudd Productions.
EW doesn't have any plot info on Young Adult except that it's been called a "comedy with a strong dramatic backbone." However, in a recent interview with Cody, Vulture (via SlashFilm) discovered that the screenplay is "about a woman who's stalking her high-school sweetheart." She also says it has elements of humor, "but it's pretty serious and fucked up." Awesome. Cody says that it's kind of about a woman as an antihero, which is a pretty interesting twist on the norm in Hollywood. This is why I really do like Cody's ideas, they're bold and unique and original and, almost always, "fucked up." Will be very curious to hear more about this. Hopefully they get a director attached and gets things rolling sooner than later. Anyone else interested?