The movie would be based on the 1980s books that were created by Francine Pascal, who had initially thought about making it a daytime TV drama. The books starred twin teens, with Elizabeth as the good girl and Jessica as the bad girl. With "Easy A" being a nice sleeper hit a year ago, you'd think that teen films would be back in vogue, and actually Cody's been attached to a "Sweet Valley High" feature for two years. But now that she's out starting to do the promotional rounds for "Young Adult," she says the project is finally "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 said. "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."
Whether her plan comes to fruition is yet to be determined, though. These are still early days for the project, with no director or star attached. (Also, she might want to be careful: This year's "Take Me Home Tonight" tried to do the retro-'80s thing, and that wasn't so hot.) But if you're anxiously awaiting this movie, you may have to cool your heels and instead watch a few episodes of the old "Sweet Valley High" '90s TV show that starred Brittany and Cynthia Daniel. We love how the theme song explained the setup of the show.
- Diablo Cody