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‘Vampire Diaries’ prod house to adapt new novel by ‘Sisterhood of Travelling Pants’ scribe

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MUMBAI: Alcon Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment along with Kira Davis' 8:38 Productions have acquired film rights for Young Adult (YA) novel The Here and Now by Ann Brashares.

The Here and Now follows the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country, she came from a different time - a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. She does as told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves. 

This upcoming film project marks a reunion for Alloy, Alcon and 8:38, as the three companies collaborated on their two movies based on Brashares' The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants novels. Starring Blake Lively (Gossip Girl), Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) and Amber Tamblyn (Two and a Half Men), the first film, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants was released in 2005 and earned $42 million worldwide, and the sequel, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2 followed in 2008, earning $44.4 million worldwide.

"I'm excited to be working with Alloy and Alcon again as they take my latest novel and the main character of Prenna James to the big screen," said Brashares in a statement. "We had an incredibly productive collaboration on The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, and I'm looking forward to building on that great foundation we established for The Here and Now."

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