Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Diablo Cody 'will sizzle again'

After the worldwide success of her first film, Juno, Diablo Cody became one of Hollywood's best known screenwriters. Now that her second feature script, Jennifer's Body, has fared less well at the box office and with critics, Steven Zeitchik on the Risky Biz blog, warns against writing her off too soon.
There are reasons why the young ones tend to ignite, then flame out (but then sizzle again). Some of it is screenwriters getting so hot they can get anything sold and greenlit. Some of it is about writers drawer-diving for a screenplay that wasn't good enough to get made before their stock rose. And some of it is just about a writer taking a little time to find their voice.
Jennifer's Body is released in the UK on 6th November.


  1. Anonymous7:11 pm

    Brooke Busey (Cody) has already found her voice, and it's the annoying whine of the dying hipster. In Hollywood writer years, she's not that young, either - she's already mid-thirties. She has two other screenplays in development that are obviously drawer-spawn. And she has no ideas and nothing to say, which is what plagued Shane Black post-Lethal Weapon.

    Unless some other, better writer is going to risk their own career by intensively coaching her, this chick is toast.

  2. Anonymous10:59 pm

    Juno was about style, not substance. She's not a storyteller. Not yet, anyway.


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