Diablo Cody is pushing a big screen adaptation of Sweet Valley High – the only female-skewed YA book series of the ’80s and ’90s on par with The Babysitters Club in terms of detailed outfit descriptions and general awesomeness.
With one Oscar-winning teen-girl oeuvre behind her (Juno, 2007) Diablo Cody seems reasonably qualified to bring the beloved books to life. In a recent interview with IndieWire she expressed her desire to keep the adaptation as true to the book series as possible, including the era they were written and set.
She said of the film: “It’s closer to reality than ever but I can’t freely talk about it. … I want it to be wonderfully nostalgic. I want it to be to the ’80s what American Graffiti was to the [early] ’60s. I want it to be looking back on a really cool time and enjoying yourself and I want it to be glamorous and colorful and bubblegum and a feast for the senses. That’s my plan.”
It sounds as though the movie is still in the early stages of development so stay tuned for updates. In the meantime fans of the books and its central characters, identical twins Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield, can reminisce over the Nineties’ television adaptation.