- Jennifer’s Body sequel possibility has been revealed by writer Diablo Cody as she wants to make another movie and needs the right partners who believe in it.
- Cody admits initial “saltiness” at the film’s failure in 2009, but is now happy with the positive reception it has gained in recent years.
- Jennifer’s Body‘s marketing to men and focus on Megan Fox’s sex appeal contributed to its initial underwhelming performance, but its messaging and ahead-of-its-time story have been praised by audiences, particularly young women.
Jennifer’s Body gets an exciting sequel update from writer Diablo Cody, 15 years after its release. The horror-comedy followed a possessed high school student, Jennifer Check (Megan Fox), who begins feeding on male classmates, while disconcerting her childhood best friend Needy Lesnicki. Along with Fox, the cast of Jennifer’s Body included Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, Adam Brody, Amy Sedaris, and J.K. Simmons. The film garnered mixed reactions in 2009, and its underwhelming box office performance was considered the result of mismarketing. However, Jennifer’s Body has become a cult classic in later years, praised for its feminism and Cody’s script.
In a recent interview with Bloody Disgusting, Cody revealed that a Jennifer’s Body sequel may be in the works. She expressed interest in making another movie, and discussed how her feelings about it have changed, now enjoying the positive reception from audiences. Read Cody’s comments regarding a potential follow-up to Jennifer’s Body below:
Yes! I want to do a sequel. I am not done with Jennifer’s Body. I just need to find…I need to partner with people who believe in it [sic] as much as I do and that hasn’t really happened yet. I need someone to believe in it who has a billion dollars. At first, I just thought, “Oh where was this audience when I needed it?”, and then I realized they were like…seven. And then some people who maybe didn’t appreciate it at the time have come around, and now I’m just like, “There’s no saltiness, now I’m just happy.”
I mean it’s gotten progressively happier for me. At first, I was like, I was excited about it obviously, but I was also a little bit salty because I remember thinking, “Well where was this audience when the movie came out?” It was a critical, commercial failure. I was pretty humiliated to be perfectly honest with you. It was a rough experience having that movie come out. It was rough for me, it was rough for Megan [Fox]… [then] people started suddenly talking about it like it was a good movie, which I had thought all along.
Will Jennifer’s Body 2 Actually Happen?
Upon release, Jennifer’s Body failed to resonate with moviegoers, largely because its marketing was geared toward men. Promotional content chose to focus on the sexual appeal of Fox, concealing much of its tone and overall story. Cody has mentioned how advertising impacted Jennifer’s Body and revealed that initial feedback seemed to place an emphasis on the appearance of Fox, who explained that public opinion and ongoing speculation surrounding her might have played another role. As audiences, particularly young women, began to revisit the film, many have celebrated its messaging and agree that Jennifer’s Body was ahead of its time.
Back in 2021, Fox discussed a possible Jennifer’s Body sequel, and Cody’s latest comments about the movie suggest that something could eventually come together. The ending left Needy’s future wide open, revealing that she developed supernatural abilities and killed Low Shoulder, the band responsible for Jennifer’s possession. While Jennifer died, given the events that transpired and her relationship with Needy, perhaps Fox’s character could return once more.
Reception towards Jennifer’s Body has changed a lot over the years, and a follow-up project actually getting made would further prove that. Fox herself has enjoyed something of a career resurgence with the likes of Rogue, Till Death and The Expendables 4. With Cody open to creating another film, fans have a reason to be excited, and it’d be interesting to see how successful a sequel becomes after all this time.
Source: Bloody Disgusting
Directed by Karyn Kusama and written by Diablo Cody, Jennifer’s Body is a horror-comedy film starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried. When a newly possessed high school cheerleader (Fox) turns into a succubus specializing in seducing and killing her male classmates, her best friend (Seyfried) is the only thing that stands in the way of her sultry killing spree.
- Release Date
- September 18, 2009
- Karyn Kusama
- Megan Fox , Adam Brody , J. K. Simmons , Johnny Simmons , Amanda Seyfried
- 102 minutes
- Diablo Cody
- $16 million
- 20th Century
- 20th Century