Diablo Cody Moving Forward With “Sweet Valley High” Film

It was announced way back in 2010 that massively popular Juno writer, Diablo Cody would be adapting the book series “Sweet Valley High” into a feature-length film. While we haven’t heard much since then, it seems it is still on Cody’s plate for the future.

“Sweet Valley High” was a very popular novel series created by  Francine Pascal in 1983. It ceased publication twenty years later with over 152 books to its name. Over the years, the books were written by many ghostwriters (including Emmy-award winning screenwriter Rodney Vaccaro), and revolved around the lives of teenagers Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, twins who live in Sweet Valley, California.There was also a television show that was created based on the book series that ran for 88 episodes between 1994 and 1997.

Cody told  IndieWire:

“[‘Sweet Valley High’] is moving forward, I need to talk to the producers and see how much I can say about it. It’s closer to reality than ever but I can’t freely talk about it.”

“I want it to be wonderfully nostalgic,” Cody continues. “I want it to be to the ’80s what ‘American Graffiti’ was to the [early] ’60s. I want it to be looking back on a really cool time and enjoying yourself and I want it to be glamorous and colorful and bubblegum and a feast for the senses. That’s my plan.”

I have never read the books, but I remember watching the show when I was younger. With such a massive book series I wonder how she will adapt it and stay true to the story line. My question is if she is going to focus on one story arc of the series or try and condense the whole set into a feature film. If you have read the books, what do you think?

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