Writer Diablo Cody Declares ‘Lisa Frankenstein’ Is Set In The Same World As ‘Jennifer’s Body’

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Megan Fox feels the effects of possession in Jennifer's Body (2009), 20th Century Fox

Diablo Cody, the writer of the films Juno and Jennifer’s Body, is trying to build a shared universe her movies can exist in.

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Amanda Seyfried is Needy in Jennifer’s Body (2009), 20th Century Fox

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She came right out and told Deadline at the premiere of her latest film, the horror comedy Lisa Frankenstein, that it takes place in the same world as Jennifer’s Body – making the former a prequel to the 2009 Megan Fox flick.

“I am just declaring that this movie takes place in the same universe,” Cody said. “I have decided that. I will not say that you’d see any overt references to that, but I’m saying it.”

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Saying it out of the blue doesn’t mean there is a connection between the two, and there is no real hint in the marketing for Lisa Frankenstein – what there is of it – that it is anything other than a standalone project.

Cody did, however, express interest in making a prequel to Jennifer’s Body recently. “I want so badly for this to happen, and if I had the power, I would greenlight it tomorrow, but I need to find people who are willing to help me make this dream come true,” she said to Inverse.

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Megan Fox goes for a dip in Jennifer’s Body (2009), 20th Century Fox

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“I would love to do a sequel or a prequel. I don’t know if I’d reboot the actual movie. I love the film as it is, but in that world, I would absolutely love to do something else,” Cody added. So she could be trying to kill two birds with one stone here.

The two films are said to be quite different aside from the fact one is contemporary to ‘09 and the other is set firmly in the 80s. Both deal with the “hell” of being a teenage girl reportedly, but Lisa Frankenstein is a neon-soaked nod to The Modern Prometheus and horror films of its chosen decade.

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Kathryn Newton and Cole Sprouse in Lisa Frankenstein (2024), Universal Pictures

Jennifer’s Body did poorly upon release but it has developed a following over the years that has been demanding a follow-up. Whether or not Lisa Frankenstein fulfills that request, the door is open for a full-fledged prequel.

Lisa Frankenstein’s director Zelda Williams is just as up for it as Diablo Cody, being a fan of the latter’s work. “I would do it in [a] heartbeat,” she told Inverse. “I love it so much.”

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