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Diablo Cody to make her directorial debut with the comedy Lamb of God

Jun. 30, 2011by: George Merchan

News on the Diablo Cody (JENNIFER'S BODY) front has been quiet for the past year. Last we heard, the Oscar-winning screenwriter was going to be re-teaming with her JUNO director Jason Reitman for a film called YOUNG ADULT, starring Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, and Patton Oswalt. Now, it seems Cody will be making that inevitable leap into the director's chair with the comedy LAMB OF GOD.

Written by Cody, the religiously-themed comedy "follows a young conservative religious woman who loses her faith after a plane crash, decides to go to Las Vegas to live the life of a sinner, and on her journey finds her way back to her faith."

Cody herself via her Tumblr adds, "It's about a woman who survives a plane crash and loses her faith in everything. (Comedy gold!) Seriously though, its not the cynicism-fest implied by the log line. Its a nice Christmas story."

The full press-release:

Mandate Pictures has acquired an original screenplay by Diablo Cody, LAMB OF GOD, which will mark her feature directorial debut. Mason Novick (500 DAYS OF SUMMER) will produce. Mandate president Nathan Kahane will executive produce alongside Diablo Cody. Mandate has the project on the fast track and will begin casting right away.

The comedy follows a young conservative religious woman who loses her faith after a plane crash, decides to go to Las Vegas to live the life of a sinner, and on her journey finds her way back to her faith.

Kahane said, Having been in the trenches with Diablo and Mason on JUNO and YOUNG ADULT, we immediately jumped at the opportunity to partner with them again. Its an honor to be a part of Diablos transition as a director.

LAMB OF GOD marks the third collaboration with Cody, Novick and Mandate after their successful partnerships on JUNO and YOUNG ADULT, which will be released by Paramount Pictures. JUNO, directed by Reitman and written by Cody, garnered a host of accolades, including an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (Diablo Cody) and three Academy Award nominations for Best Motion Picture (Lianne Halfon, Mason Novick and Russell Smith, Producers), Best Actress, and Best Director. The $227 million box-office and critical sensation was released by Fox Searchlight in late 2007.

Diablo Cody is represented by Sarah Self at WME and attorney Jeff Frankel of McKuin Frankel Whitehead LLP. Dan Freedman, SVP of Business & Legal Affairs, and Allison Strina, VP of Business & Legal Affairs, negotiated the deals for Mandate.

Extra Tidbit: Sorry, JENNIFER'S BODY supporters, but that movie was crap.
Source: JoBlo.com

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3:46PM on 07/01/2011

I didn't read the article!

I just saw Lamb Of God in the title. Check their [link]
I just saw Lamb Of God in the title. Check their [link]
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11:24PM on 06/30/2011

Damn...

This annoying bitch is still hooking around Hollywood huh? I haven't liked ANYTHING she's done, and I think she's absolutely void of talent. The Academy should be ashamed of themselves.
This annoying bitch is still hooking around Hollywood huh? I haven't liked ANYTHING she's done, and I think she's absolutely void of talent. The Academy should be ashamed of themselves.
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12:46PM on 06/30/2011
This is a recycled concept of an already made movie called FEARLESS (1990) which starred Jeff Bridges.
This is a recycled concept of an already made movie called FEARLESS (1990) which starred Jeff Bridges.
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12:36PM on 06/30/2011

who cares?

I mean really who cares?
I mean really who cares?
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12:18PM on 06/30/2011
It would be nice if she just went away.
It would be nice if she just went away.
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11:31AM on 06/30/2011
@George: If you wanna express your opinion on Jennifer's Body, write a review. Or at least argument it. Don't soil this website with crap statements in news posts.
@George: If you wanna express your opinion on Jennifer's Body, write a review. Or at least argument it. Don't soil this website with crap statements in news posts.
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10:09AM on 06/30/2011
Once directing, she moves completely into the roll of More Attractive Kevin Smith. More snarky dialogue and mundane actor direction. Sigh.
Once directing, she moves completely into the roll of More Attractive Kevin Smith. More snarky dialogue and mundane actor direction. Sigh.
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9:04AM on 06/30/2011

Interesting premise

....probably not in the most capable hands, but we'll see. Hopefully she's grown up and taken a few writer's workshops since working on her show or somethin'...
....probably not in the most capable hands, but we'll see. Hopefully she's grown up and taken a few writer's workshops since working on her show or somethin'...
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8:41AM on 06/30/2011
can you say direct to DVD? This movie will define the word suck.
can you say direct to DVD? This movie will define the word suck.
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8:31AM on 06/30/2011
"diablo cody", as she pretentiously calls herself, is a vapid moronic waste of everything. everything she says and creates just oozes "take me seriously, im an artist". fuck her, hard.
"diablo cody", as she pretentiously calls herself, is a vapid moronic waste of everything. everything she says and creates just oozes "take me seriously, im an artist". fuck her, hard.
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8:26AM on 06/30/2011

AWESOME!

Love her witty quips and completely irreverant dialog, can't wait to see what she does in the director's chair!**dousing myself with gasoline, lighting a match, praying to God that I die quickly**
Love her witty quips and completely irreverant dialog, can't wait to see what she does in the director's chair!**dousing myself with gasoline, lighting a match, praying to God that I die quickly**
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10:11AM on 06/30/2011
This might be my favorite strike back of all time. just sayin'
This might be my favorite strike back of all time. just sayin'
8:10AM on 06/30/2011
Hated Juno, dug Jennifer's Body, loved US of Tara. So hopefully this will be...decent? I do hate religious themed movies though, except for Dogma and even that had parts that dragged.
Hated Juno, dug Jennifer's Body, loved US of Tara. So hopefully this will be...decent? I do hate religious themed movies though, except for Dogma and even that had parts that dragged.
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