After a crazy September of family-friendly Sweet Valley High news balanced with rumors of lascivious Hugh Hefner biopics, business in Diablo Cody land cooled off. But now, as United States of Tara heads into its second season, THR's Risky Business reports that she's teaming up with Mandate Pictures for her latest original screenplay, Young Adult. The project will reunite Cody with the production team behind Juno, and the group is fast-tracking the feature as they scope out a director.

If the words "young adult" makes you think books -- you'd be right. Taking a different angle than her work adapting the Wakefields for the big screen, the film will focus on "a thirtysomething, divorced, young-adult fiction writer in Minneapolis who returns to her hometown to chase the ex-boyfriend, who's now married with a kid, that got away." A desperate woman chasing her old boyfriend isn't the sort of theme to inspire much moviegoing confidence, but it might allow for some good jokes flung at the current state of young adult fiction. Will her writer be part of the hot trend to write about supernatural romance, for example? Though I imagine there won't be much Stephenie Meyer comparisons -- divorced homewreckers don't mesh with the fervently loyal Cullen family.

And just in case you want even more Cody, she's also prepping a modern version of Taming of the Shrew, a news bit that was buried in a Steven Spielberg Variety piece this past January. One can only assume that won't focus on the teen demographic since, after all, we've already got 10 Things I Hate About You. Those of you who can't handle her Cody-speak, battle down the hatches because a storm of Diablo projects are on the way.
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