Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sweet Valley v. Stonybrook...The Saga Continues

In the eyes of my generation, Francine Pascal's Sweet Valley High series was second only to Ann M. Martin's The Baby-sitters Club in popularity.
With over 152 books in its repertoire, SVH eventually decided to expand into a television show--just as BSC adapated itself and later released episodes on VHS ("Dawn Saves the Trees" was my personal fav). And now, the SVH series is following in BSC footsteps once again with a feature film. announced yesterday that Universal has scooped up the rights to the film after a bidding war with Fox. Who knew SVH was such a coveted movie opp?

Expected producer and writer Diablo Cody did, for one. Best known for her quirky and honest coming-of-age comedy "Juno," Cody is sure to bring something fresh to SVH, a francise so dated I even forgot about it for a while. Universal also is trying to buy the book rights from Random House, with sights most likely set on reissuing the once beloved books.

The SVH book series continued for twenty years, a surprising six more than our dear BSC. And with 88 episodes to BSC's 13, it only begs the question-- will Cody's skillful screenwriting help the SVH movie outshine BSC yet again?

The saga continues...

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