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Blake Lively teams up with Diablo Cody for an adaptation of Dark Horse Comics’ Lady Killer

Blake Lively is joining forces with writer Diablo Cody for an adaptation of the Dark Horse Comics property Lady Killer. 

Lively, 33, is attached to star in the adaptation and produce, while Cody, 42, will write the script, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The project comes as reports claimed Cody had ‘quit’ the Madonna biopic, though it was later clarified that she had merely finished her final draft of the script and has moved on, seemingly to this project.

Comic: Blake Lively is joining forces with writer Diablo Cody for an adaptation of the Dark Horse Comics property Lady Killer

Star-producer: Lively, 33, is attached to star in the adaptation and produce, while Cody, 42, will write the script, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Star-producer: Lively, 33, is attached to star in the adaptation and produce, while Cody, 42, will write the script, according to The Hollywood Reporter 

Quit: The project comes as reports claimed Cody had 'quit' the Madonna biopic, though it was later clarified that she had merely finished her final draft of the script and has moved on, seemingly to this project

Quit: The project comes as reports claimed Cody had ‘quit’ the Madonna biopic, though it was later clarified that she had merely finished her final draft of the script and has moved on, seemingly to this project

The comic book was created by Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich, which Dark Horse debuted in 2015.

The story takes place in the 1950s, following Josie Schuller (Lively), who appears on the outside to be a typical housewife.

What her family and everyone else in her life doesn’t know is that she leads a secret life as a hired killer for a mafia organization.

Dark Horse: The comic book was created by Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich, which Dark Horse debuted in 2015

Dark Horse: The comic book was created by Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich, which Dark Horse debuted in 2015 

The limited comic series, which was published between 2015 and 2016, won the Eisner Award for Best Limited Series.

Jones took inspiration from 1950s advertisements depicting seemingly perfect housewives, while turning that archetype on its ear. 

Lively will produce alongside Kate Vorhoff through their B For Effort production company, alongside Dark Horse’ Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg.

Producer: Lively will produce alongside Kate Vorhoff through their B For Effort production company, alongside Dark Horse' Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg

Producer: Lively will produce alongside Kate Vorhoff through their B For Effort production company, alongside Dark Horse’ Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg

The Sun had first reported that Cody had ‘quit’ the Madonna biopic, indicating there were ‘difficulties’ between the writer and pop icon.

However, EW reported those rumors were exaggerated, with Cody finishing her work on the project as Universal Pictures will look at developing the script further as they move forward towards production, though it’s unclear if other rewrites are needed.

Lively is coming off another action-thriller, The Rhythm Section, with this project keeping her within the action realm.

Didn't quit: The Sun had first reported that Cody had 'quit' the Madonna biopic, indicating there were 'difficulties' between the writer and pop icon

Didn’t quit: The Sun had first reported that Cody had ‘quit’ the Madonna biopic, indicating there were ‘difficulties’ between the writer and pop icon

She is also attached to star in The Husband’s Secret, adapted from Lianne Moriarty’s novel, following a wife that discovers a secret letter written by her husband that causes her life and the lives of two other women to come crumbling down.

Cody co-created The CW’s live-action adaptation of The Powerpuff Girls with Heather V. Regnier, which stars Dove Cameron, Chloe Bennet and Yana Perrault.

She also has an untitled project at HBO starring David Spade, following a musician and recovering addict who strikes up a friendship with a young actress in the San Fernando Valley. 

Coming soon: She is also attached to star in The Husband's Secret, adapted from Lianne Moriarty's novel, following a wife that discovers a secret letter written by her husband that causes her life and the lives of two other women to come crumbling down.

Coming soon: She is also attached to star in The Husband’s Secret, adapted from Lianne Moriarty’s novel, following a wife that discovers a secret letter written by her husband that causes her life and the lives of two other women to come crumbling down.


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