Universal's 'Girly' girl is writer Cody

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Universal has snapped up "Girly Style," a pitch from "Juno" scribe Diablo Cody -- possibly the only writer in town to have started out as a stripper.

Mason Novick is on board to produce "Girly," described as a female-driven comedy set at a college.

Cody pitched to Uni president of production Donna Langley and vp production Lawrence Grey, who bought it into the room. Grey will oversee for the studio.

Novick discovered Cody's quirky writing style on a blog, and upon learning she also had written a novel, helped her secure a literary agent. Cody's comedic memoir, "Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper," was published by Gotham in December.

Cody sold "Juno," her first screenplay, to Mandate Pictures in 2005. That film, directed by Jason Reitman, was the runner-up for the Audience Award at the recent Toronto International Film Festival and is generating awards buzz in advance of its Dec. 14 release.

Cody is repped by Gersh and the law firm of Colden McKuin & Frankel.
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