Sunday 17 December 2017

Sweet Valley film to be 'nostalgic'

Diablo Cody picked up an Oscar for her Juno screenplay
Diablo Cody picked up an Oscar for her Juno screenplay

Diablo Cody has revealed she would like the Sweet Valley High movie to be "wonderfully nostalgic".

The Oscar-winning Juno writer is set to make a big screen version of Francine Pascal's beloved teen novels, which centre on identical Californian twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield and their high school exploits.

"I want it to be wonderfully nostalgic. I want it to be to the '80s what American Graffiti was to the '60s," she told The Playlist.

"I want it to be looking back on a really cool time and enjoying yourself and I want it to be glamorous and colourful and bubblegum and a feast for the senses. That's my plan."

Diablo - who also wrote and produced comedy Young Adult starring Charlize Theron - said the Sweet Valley High film is still in development.

"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," she said.

It would be the first film made about the book series, following the TV series, which ran for 88 episodes between 1994 and 1997.

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