Jennifer’s Body Writer Diablo Cody Wants to Make a Sequel

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Sanguine sapphics and queer horror hipsters, take note! We are like, one demonic pact away from finally getting a sequel to Jennifer’s Body.

In interviews this month promoting her new film Lisa Frankenstein, screenwriter Diablo Cody has been positively gushing over her desire to revisit her 2009 cult classic, directed by Karyn Kusama and starring bicon Megan Fox as the titular demon-possessed teen.

“YES! I wanna do a sequel,” Cody told the horror news site Bloody Disgusting in a January 26 interview. “I am not done with Jennifer’s Body. I just need to find [] I need to partner with people who believe it in as much as I do and that hasn’t really happened yet. I need someone to believe in it who has a billion dollars.”

Cody reiterated the sentiment in a People interview this week, saying she’s confident a sequel will happen — eventually. “I think something will happen, I do. And I'm excited about it,” Cody said. “But it's one of those things where you're constantly having to push. There's a lot of content out there right now and a lot of people trying to remake existing IP.”

Deeper in the interview, Cody added that Jennifer’s Body was “such a personal project,” and its box-office failure was “incredibly painful.”

Mainstream audiences may not have been ready for Jennifer’s Body in 2009, but Cody, Kusama, and Fox certainly knew exactly what they were doing at the time. In particular, Jennifer’s iconic kiss with her friend Needy (Amanda Seyfried) was panned as crude and exploitative at the time, but for the actual women involved, it was an honest depiction of a very specific kind of intimacy.

One can only wonder how the film with a devoted following of LGBTQ+ women would fare had it been released in 2018.

“There is a sexual energy between the girls which is kind of authentic [...] the friendships that I had with other [teenage] girls were almost romantic, they were so intense,” Cody explained in a 2009 interview. Fox herself concurred in a retrospective for InStyle in 2021, saying the kiss “was a real thing that goes on with teenage girls that are discovering their sexuality [...] ‘I really love my best friend, and I don’t necessarily know what that means, but I'm going to figure it out.’” That scene has even come to represent a queer awakening for many LGBTQ+ fans as the film continues to be reappraised.

Frankly, if Hollywood studios are so dead-set on milking old projects and killing everything else for sport, we at the very least deserve a nice, shiny Jennifer’s Body sequel. I’ve got the title ready to go and everything: Jennifer’s Other Body. That one’s free, Diablo. Call me.

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