Juno and Jennifer's Body screenwriter Diablo Cody has been enjoying some television success with her show United States of Tara, but the dysfunctional family comedy was recently cancelled. Variety brings news, however, that the oft-talked about writer will be devoting more time to movies now and is making her directorial debut with the religious comedy, Lamb of God.
Cody will be writing the screenplay that follows a young, conservative religious woman who ends up turning her back on the big guy upstairs after a plane crash. She heads to Sin City – otherwise known as that place where you can see bro-dudes in their natural habitat, Las Vegas – to partake in a little debauchery and along the way rediscovers her faith. Cody is no stranger to tackling the peculiarities of hot-button topics in her films. Her snappy, quirky script for Juno about a teen mom put her on the map with a 2008 Oscar for best screenplay.
We'll be seeing another Cody collaboration with Juno director Jason Reitman when Young Adult – another woman-returns-to-her-roots tale – hits theaters this fall. Cody's also developing an adaptation of Francine Pascal's Sweet Valley High series. The books follow teenage blonde twins entrenched in massively goofy melodrama that Cody's touch could add a kind of perverse glee to. Are you happy to see this screenwriter back in business at the movies?