Universal Pictures is in negotiations to acquire the rights to make a feature-length movie based on the popular book series Sweet Valley High. If the deal works out smoothly, the studio already has Juno and Jennifer’s Body writer Diablo Cody in line to pen the adaption. Cody set the project in motion with Mason Novick, who together went looking for the rights and made their pitch to Universal. Cody and Novick would also be producing along with Marc Platt.
Cody has settled into a groove where high school kids are a prime element to her stories. Juno, Jennifer’s Body, and her Showtime series The United States of Tara all have characters who are dealing with that time in their lives, so this would certainly be a fitting project for her, though some may want to see her spread her wings and fly a little.
Jennifer’s Body Hardcover Edition
Written by Rick Spears
Art by Jim Mahfood, Ming Doyle, Nikki Cook, Tim Seeley
Letters by Troy Peteri
Release date: August 26, 2009
The hardcover graphic novel Jennifer’s Body is not a straight comic book adaptation of the upcoming film of the same name, although at a glance, buyers might not realize that. Rather, this graphic novel expands upon the Jennifer universe, created in the screenplay by Diablo Cody (Juno), and contains a collection of stories that tie into the events from the movie.
The main story of the film centers on Jennifer (played by Megan Fox), a beautiful high school cheerleader who every girl wants to be friends with and every boy wants to date. Her luck runs out one day after a demon enters her body when she’s used as a Satanic sacrifice. After that, Jennifer begins to kill and feed upon the boys at her school, while her best friend Needy plots to stop her. From previews and trailers, the movie has the dark comedy stylings and wicked female lead of Jawbreakers, but with more sex and gore.
The graphic novel, written by Black Metal‘s Rick Spears, actually has very little in it of Jennifer herself, though we do see her go in for the kill several times. Instead, we follow her soon-to-be victims and learn all about what makes them tick, so that when we see the film, we’ll know if they really got what was coming to them.
A brand new “On-Set” featurette for Jennifer’s Body has been released by 20th Century Fox. The video gives us a little bit of a better look at the Diablo Cody (Juno) penned movie and what it’s about, as well as brief clips of director Karyn Kusama (Ã†on Flux, Girlfight) and stars Megan Fox (Transformers, Jonah Hex) and Amanda Seyfried (Mean Girls, Alpha Dog) talking about their parts in the project.
The story follows a popular high school cheerleader (Fox) who becomes possessed with a demon after an attempt to use her as a sacrifice goes awry. After the demon takes over her body, she begins to seduce the boys of her high school (with ease), and when they’re close enough, she feeds on them. Her best friend since childhood (Seyfried) happens to be more on the nerdy side of the clique fence, and finds herself in a position where she needs to stop Jennifer’s carnage-ridden path of death and devouring.
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