Mattel hopes to make the blonde into the center of a live-action film franchise, and Cody's script is meant to emphasize female empowerment and the development of professional skills. Barbie dolls have been controversial since their introduction in 1959, with critical eyes cast to the mostly to the doll's unrealistic measurements and the standards of beauty that she represented.
Producer Walter Parkes gushed about Cody in a release.
"Diablo's unconventionality is just what Barbie needs," he said. "It signals we're going for a legitimately contemporary tone. We're bringing her on because she had great ideas, but even more importantly, she truly loves Barbie."
We're big fans of Cody's work, from her screenplays for "Juno," "Young Adult," "Jennifer's Body" and "Paradise" to her memoir about her year stripping, "Candy Girl." Ahead, here are 13 things Cody's written that we'd love to hear come out of Barbie's mouth.
"It's really difficult for me to be happy. And then for other people it just seems so simple. I know. They just grow up and they're so fulfilled." - "Young Adult"
Barbie struggles with existential problems.
"You're lime green jello and you can't even admit it to yourself." - "Jennifer's Body"
Barbie knows what's up.
"THUNDERCATS ARE GO!" - "Juno"
"I noticed you got a KenTacoHut. You know, one of those Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell." - "Young Adult"
Barbie loves KenTacoHut.
"I mean, I'm already pregnant, so what other kind of shenanigans could I get into?" - "Juno"
Barbie's like, really.
"Yes, I'm an author of a young adult series. It's disturbingly popular. I like your decor. It it, shabby chic?" - "Young Adult"
Barbie talks a big game.
"I still have your virginity." - "Juno"
Hear that, Ken?
"Thanks a heap, Coyote Ugly. This cactus-gram stings even worse than your abandonment." - "Juno"
Barbie has a prickly tongue.
"Oh, I've been drunk since I've been back, mom, and nobody gave two s--ts until this one got all bent out of shape." - "Young Adult"
Barbie gets real-people problems?
"All I see is pork swords." - "Juno"
"PMS isn't real, Needy, it was invented by the boy-run media to make us seem like we're crazy." - "Jennifer's Body"
Barbie doesn't have a "time of month."
"Love is mysterious and rad, like Steve Perry from Journey." - "Candy Girl"
Barbie knows what she's looking for.
"I hate this town! It's a hick, lake town that smells of fish s--t!" - "Young Adult"
Barbie tells it like it is.