HollywoodChicago.com RSS   Facebook   HollywoodChicago.com on Twitter   Free Giveaway E-mail   

A Metaphorical Peek Under the Skirt of ‘Jennifer’s Body’ From Screenwriter Diablo Cody

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionE-mail page to friendE-mail page to friendPDF versionPDF version
No votes yet

On Oct. 23, we learned that “Juno” screenwriter Diablo Cody – one of Hollywood’s most rising scribe stars – got plucked by Fox Atomic for a comedic supernatural thriller entitled “Jennifer’s Body”.

Juno and Jennifer's Body screenwriter Diablo Cody
“Juno” and “Jennifer’s Body” screenwriter Diablo Cody.
Photo credit: ViewImages

After reading a Sept. 20, 2007 draft of the “Jennifer’s Body” script from Cody, Peter Sciretta at /Film on Saturday published a read-worthy script review. I’ve highlighted some standout nuggets below.

Cody’s mix of razor-sharp wit, obscure pop-culture references, unique characters and ability to maneuver her way through potentially cliché situations has all of Hollywood calling her name.

I’m sure some people will see some comparisons to “Juno” especially in the characterizations and dialogue.

Anita “Needy” Lesnicki is kind of a quick-witted geek: the kind [who] uses the word “ostentatious” during … everyday conversation and dates a band geek named Chip.

Jennifer is the hotter, more popular member of the duo.

“Jennifer’s Body” is a very different [script] than “Juno”. For example, it is extremely gory.

One passage from Cody’s script describes a scene where blood and viscera [are] scattered everywhere with intestines strewn about “like party streamers”. One victim is described as looking like “lasagna with teeth”.

The main problem with “Jennifer’s Body” is that – as it begins to wind down – you realize you already know how it ends.

If I were to offer one suggestion to Fox Atomic, it would be this: begin the story at the beginning and not the ending.

It should also be noted that the screenplay is 115 pages long, which usually translates to an almost two-hour film. That might be a tad … too long for a genre film.

Read the full /Film script review here.

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.

Hot stories on the Web


User Login

Free Giveaway Mailing

TV, DVD, BLU-RAY & THEATER REVIEWS

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Megan Fox

    CHICAGO - Look past the cheesy carbs and b-boy poses, this shiny mo-cap reboot of cartoon juggernaut “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” offers slick entertainment that makes for a welcome surprise for middle school fare. Proving that executive producer Michael Bay has both grown up but it still frightfully in tune with what jazzes teens, this surprise box office hit is indeed a nice slice of a blockbuster spectacle, whether or not a viewer cares about the turtles or not.

  • HoliDaze Front

    CHICAGO – Need a break from the noise of the holidays? Step Up Productions, – in residence at Chicago Dramatists Theater – present “HoliDaze,” a collection of six one-act plays, all dealing with the nature and nurture of the season. The showcase runs through December 21st, 2014.

Advertisement


HollywoodChicago.com on Twitter

archive

HollywoodChicago.com Top Ten Discussions
referendum
tracker