Ever since Diablo Cody hit the scene with the 2007 feature film 'Juno,' the screenwriter and personality has had the Midas touch. She wrote other feature films including 'Jennifer's Body' and 'Young Adult,' as well as writing for the hit television series 'The United States of Tara.' Now, Cody's latest project is an original television series called 'Prodigy,' which has just been purchased and put into development by FOX.
'Prodigy' is a teen drama project written by Cody, produced by Fake Empire, and is sure to polarize viewers. It centers on a 16-year-old genius who through home schooling has been isolated from her peers. Hoping to experience a “normal” teen social life before she enters the adult world of academia, she enrolls in her local high school. But her experiment goes off the rails when she finds herself adopted by a wild crowd, getting caught up in a whirlwind of romance and crime.
Back when Cody became the toast of Hollywood with 'Juno,' critics either adored her writing of such a witty and intelligent teenage girl, or they hated it and found the unrealistic dialogue pretentious and annoying. It would seem that 'Prodigy' is going to hit all of the same notes as 'Juno,' in a return to form for Cody's career. It isn't a bad move--Cody won the Academy Award for Best Writing in an Original Screenplay for 'Juno' back in 2008.
Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage run Fake Empire, the company behind 'Prodigy.' This project puts Schwartz and Savage back at the helm of a teen drama, a decade after the pair produced the massively popular series 'The O.C.' (Are you an 'O.C.' fan? Check out our 'Where Are They Now' piece about the cast!) We've got proven producers with an Academy Award winning screenwriter and a proven concept: this seems like a good purchase for FOX.