MTV caught up with Cody at the Critics Choice Movie Awards where she revealed that "Sweet Valley High" is going to be a musical. "Oh my gosh! OK, so I am so excited about 'Sweet Valley High.' There's original songs being written for it right now, which is the most exciting development. They're amazing. They're being written by these Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning songwriters from Broadway who are the best," she said. "Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, who wrote [the Broadway show] 'Next to Normal'; they're amazing and I'm sorry, I could go on and on. But I'm very excited about 'Sweet Valley High.' It's going to blow people's minds. I haven't really had the chance to talk about this yet, so it's exciting."
The musical angle is actally kind of a no brainer. Firstly, "American Graffiti" boasted a huge soundtrack so that Cody is following that inspiration makes sense. And looking back at her filmography -- "Juno," "Young Adult," "Jennifer's Body" -- each of those films had big music components as well, so really, this seems like the next logical step.
The '80s setting should provide an interesting palette for Yorkey and Kitt to write around, and could be a lot of fun (unless it devolves into parody, which we've seen enough of frankly). But if Cody is aiming for a sincere evocation of the period, and pairing it up with some winking, stylized numbers from the decade, this could turn into something special. We'll see how this develops, but before Cody tackles any of it, she'll spent the year directing her first feature "Lamb Of God."