Many, many people seem to outright despise Oscar winning screenwriter Diablo Cody. On any given day, the message boards on her imdb page fairly seethe with vicious, ad hominem attacks. She’s fat. Talentless. A one-hit wonder. A blight on the cinematic landscape. I’ll admit I’m not much of a fan myself, but I can’t get behind these arguments either. She’s no hack, and as for her physical proportions, it’s probably worth nothing that a.) she’s not an actress, and b.) she just gave birth to a baby boy not six days ago. (Congrats!) The haters, of course, will likely go on hating, but for all their collective sour-grape-y ire, her career still seems to be in the ascendant—Jennifer’s Body notwithstanding. Cody’s got a new talk show she’s hosting, and another feature in the works that will again pair her with golden-boy director Ivan Reitman.
Her talk show, Red Band Trailer, is a lo-fi, ten minute webisode deal wherein she interviews various celebs (Adam Brody, Chelsea Handler) inside an actual Silverstream trailer. She’s not the greatest interviewer, granted, but the pieces are short enough that they won’t tire you out. Her new film, Young Adult, is about a ghost writer of tweener fiction who attempts to reclaim her identity by reconnecting with her high school boyfriend. Deadline reports that Charlize Theron is set to star and that the pic will likely begin shooting in November. Somebody out there must like her.
Here’s the pilot for Red Band Trailer: