‘Juno’ writer Diablo Cody for ‘Sweet Valley High’ movie

The writer want to make an '80s version of 'American Graffiti'

Diablo Cody is to write a screen adaptation of Sweet Valley High.

The writer, who made her name with the cult hit Juno, has been hired to turn the seminal teen book series into a movie. Created by Francine Pascal, the series about two identical twins with contrasting personalities spanned 152 books over almost 20 years.

Discussing the project, Cody told Indie Wire:

I want it to be wonderfully nostalgic. I want it to be to the ’80s what American Graffiti was to the ’60s.

Cody added: “I want it to be looking back on a really cool time and enjoying yourself and I want it to be glamorous and colourful and bubblegum and a feast for the senses. That’s my plan.”

Before Sweet Valley High, Cody will make her directorial debut with Lamb Of God. Starring Russell Brand and Julianne Hough, the film tells the story of a young religious conservative who, after having her faith shaken in a plane crash, goes to Las Vegas to live as a sinner.