Reitman has the jump on Cody's 'Body'


Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, the respective director and writer of Fox Atomic's buzzed-about feature "Juno," are joining forces again.

Reitman and producing partner Dan Dubiecki are coming aboard to produce "Jennifer's Body," Cody's comedic horror movie recently set up at Atomic.

Fox Atomic pre-emptively picked up the Cody spec last month with "Transformers" star Megan Fox on board to star (HR 10/23). Mason Novick also is producing.

Reitman and Dubiecki will produce through their shingle, Hard C, which is housed at both Fox Searchlight and Atomic.

"We're here because Diablo's voice and our voice align," Dubiecki said.

"Body" tells the story of a cheerleader who is possessed by a demon and starts feeding off the boys in a Minnesota farming town. Her "plain Jane" best friend must kill her, then escape from a correctional facility to go after the Satan-worshiping rock band responsible for the transformation.

Throwing horror onto the Hard C slate isn't that much of a stretch for the company, which was built on the success of "Thank You for Smoking" and is developing the comedy "Bonzai Shadowhands" with Rainn Wilson at Searchlight.

"Comedy and horror have always been inescapable cousins," Reitman said. "They both draw a similar type of storyteller, one who wants to manipulate the audience. Whether you want to make an audience laugh or you want to make an audience freak out, you're looking for a similar firsthand relationship with the viewer where you are pushing them to react.

"We want to make unusual films, and anything that turns a genre on its ear interests Dan and I," he added. "And if you look at 'Bonzai,' 'Juno' and 'Jennifer's Body,' they bring a new voice to genres people are very aware of."

A late-winter shoot is being eyed for "Body."

Hard C's "Juno," which opens Dec. 5, won the best film award at the Rome Film Festival and was runner-up for the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.