The more I’ve heard about Diablo Cody‘s Sweet Valley High movie adaptation, the clearer it’s become that she’s the perfect person to bring Francine Pascal‘s YA series to the big screen. Since landing the project back in 2009, Cody’s described her approach as a “sharp comedy/satire” that will “[be] to the ’80s what American Graffiti was to the [early] ’60s.” It’s a smart way to approach the material, which was (in retrospect, now that I’m not 13) pretty silly stuff but which still brings up strong feelings of nostalgia in people who grew up reading the books as kids.

And now, Cody’s hinted at another, more unexpected angle she could be adding to the film. In a recent interview, Cody revealed that Broadway vets Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal) have signed on to write tunes for the Sweet Valley High, and teased that the movie could just wind up becoming a musical. Read her comments and watch the video after the jump.

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We haven’t seen a feature from screenwriter from Diablo Cody since 2009’s tepidly received Jennifer’s Body, but next month’s Young Adult kicks off a series of interesting projects Cody’s got on her slate. In a pair of recent interviews, Cody touched upon two very different ones: the Evil Dead remake from writer-director Fede Alvarez (which has the blessing of the original’s director Sam Raimi and star/exec producer Bruce Campbell, before you get too up in arms), and that Sweet Valley High movie announced a couple of years back. Read her comments after the jump.

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Earlier this week it was reported that Universal was in final talks to acquire the rights to 152-book series Sweet Valley High for Academy Award winning screenwriter Diablo Cody to adapt to the big screen. At the time, I wasn’t at all excited about the potential project as the source material just doesn’t appeal to me (and probably shouldn’t since it never was meant to target my demo). But in the last 24 hours I’ve somewhat rethought my stance on the project, and Cody has spoken up to clear the air about some concerns about the adaptation, which I thought was worth sharing.

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Diablo Cody Goes to Sweet Valley High

Diablo Cody

Universal is in discussions to acquire the rights to 152-book series Sweet Valley High with Diablo Cody attached to adapt the franchise for the big screen. Cody apparently grew up on the series, and developed a take on the property. According to HeatVision, the package was taken around town last week and spawned a bidding war between Fox 2000, Mandate and Universal.

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