Diablo Cody Takes on a Zombie Rom-Com, Makes More Room for Women in Horror?
So Variety has reported that Diablo Cody (Juno, The United States of Tara) is joining forces with Fox Searchlight to develop a film adapation of the upcoming zombie romance novel Breathers: A Zombie's Lament, about a recently undead man who finds love at a support group. Cody won't be writing or directing the film, but she will be producing. (I have to admit that I'm very curious to see if Breathers will fall victim to the gender stereotypes that have overtaken the romantic comedy of late.)
This is the second horror project that Diablo Cody has recently taken on. Jennifer's Body, a dark horror/comedy written and produced by Cody, is slated for release this upcoming September. That film is directed by Karyn Kusama, who made the critically-acclaimed Girlfight. Jennifer's Body has all the makings of a hit: fanboy hottie Megan Fox stars as a teenage girl who becomes possessed by a demon and starts devouring boys all over town, and it's up to Amanda Seyfried (Momma Mia!, Big Love, Veronica Mars) to save the day. I'm not convinced that Jennifer's Body is going to be the next Ginger Snaps (which still serves as my benchmark for true feminist horror), but the film will likely be a big improvement over most of the torture porn and the slick, mean-spirited horror remakes that are so in fashion these days.
I'm not alone in having mixed feelings about Diablo Cody's work (or being concerned about the backlash against her), but I'm pretty excited that she's doing more work in horror. Despite the fact that the female audience for horror continues to grow, the genre continues to be among the most male-dominated in the film industry. Perhaps a success or two from Cody will help studios understand that women can be bloodthirsty, too.
Diablo Cody to produce 'Breathers' [Variety]
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