Fox Buys Diablo Cody/Fake Empire Drama

Oscar-winning Juno writer Diablo Cody is tackling another female teen protagonist, this time on TV. Fox has put in development Prodigy, a teen drama project written by Cody and produced by ABC Studios and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s studio-based Fake Empire. It centers on a 16-year-old genius who through home schooling has been isolated from her peers. Hoping to experience a “normal” teen social life before she enters the adult world of academia, she enrolls in her local high school. But her experiment goes off the rails when she finds herself adopted by a wild crowd, getting caught up in a whirlwind of romance and crime. Cody and partner Mason Novick will executive produce alongside Schwartz, Savage and Fake Empire’s president of television Len Goldstein.

Prodigy reunites Schwartz and Savage with Fox for another teen drama exactly a decade after the network launched Schwartz’s first series, The O.C., on which Savage started as a producer before partnering with Schwartz in Fake Empire. This marks the fifth sale for Fake Empire since moving to ABC Studios earlier this year. The WME-repped company, which has the CW’s Hart Of Dixie and The Carrie Diaries on the air, previously sold four projects to ABC: dramas Sisterland from Rina Mimoun and Social Circle from Josh Safran; and comedies First Timers from Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, and the untitled Ali Adler project. Cody, repped by WME, MXN Entertainment, and McKuin, Frankel, is currently developing her TBS talk show pilot Me Time With Diablo Cody. On the feature side, she recently made her directorial debut with Mandate Pictures’ upcoming Paradise which she also wrote.

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