“Juno” may have been the film that announced Diablo Cody as a screenwriter to be reckoned with, but by then she’d already penned a bunch of scripts that she believed would probably never see the light of day. One of those scripts, “Time and a Half,” a Gen X inspired satire of modern day hipsters which Cody described as “a generational, working stiffs kind of comedy” now looks dead certain to make it to the big screen. Cody sold the script some time ago and hasn’t touched it since, telling us last year “they hired somebody to rewrite it at some point and, I didn’t really want to work on it anymore” but it’s unlikely that will stop the film, which has just secured its lead actress, from being marketed as a Diablo Cody flick.
Julianne Hough has only just finished work on a 100% bona fide Diablo Cody project, the writer’s untitled directorial debut (which formerly went by the title of “Lamb of God”), but now she’s signed on to play the lead in “Time and a Half” too. Ol Parker (“Now is Good”) is directing the film, and Variety describes Hough’s role as that of “a recent college grad who takes a temp job at a trophy store where she runs into her sister’s high school boyfriend with whom she had a one-night stand.” They go on to mention that the search is now on to cast Hough’s on-screen sister and that the project won’t move forward until they find the right actress to compliment her.
Hough’s been pretty busy since making a name for herself on “Dancing with the Stars,” and in the last twelve months she has been seen in the surprisingly great “Footloose” remake and “Rock of Ages,” and has filmed the Nicholas Sparks adaptation “Safe Haven” as well as Cody’s directorial debut. How heavily this script will still bear the mark of Cody remains to be seen, but given the point in her career that it was written suggests that either way it probably won’t possess quite the same levels of skill and maturity that were on display in “Young Adult.” But we’re intrigued nonetheless.