It was only a month ago that Diablo Cody won the Best Screenplay Oscar for her teen-pregnancy comedy Juno, but she has hardly been sitting around and basking in the golden-statue glory. The indie phenomenon has two, possibly three, new projects in the pipeline for 2008.
First up for Cody (aka Brook Busey) is a Showtime television pilot called The United States of Tara, starring Aussie actress Toni Collette as a mother suffering from multiple personalities. Steven Spielberg is producing the show, scheduled to begin shooting April 14.
Cody’s next project will be her big-screen follow-up to the $125 million grossing Juno. Her comedy/horror film Jennifer’s Body will star Transformers' Megan Fox as Jennifer, a possessed small-town Minnesota cheerleader who starts feeding on local boys. Juno director Jason Reitman is producing the flick with his Fox Atomic partner Dan Dubiecki.
Finally, the Chicago Sun Times reported last month that Cody is considering penning a screen adaptation of her best-selling memoir, Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper. Much has been made of the Illinois-born, Minnesota-bred author’s colorful past, but Cody seemingly rose above the haters when she tearfully addressed her family during her Academy Awards acceptance speech. “And most of all, I want to thank my family for loving me exactly the way I am,” she said.
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