WB puts on juvie ‘Pants’

Pic has similar to 'Ya-Ya,' in 'Diaries' demo

NEW YORK — In a high-six-figure deal, Warner Bros. has sewn up screen rights to “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” the bestselling young-adult Delacorte novel by Ann Brashares. Film will be produced by Debra Martin Chase. Les Morgenstein of 17th Street Prods. is exec producing.

The book has been likened to a younger-demo version of “The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” another novel adaptation at Warner Bros. “Traveling Pants” will fall demographically between that film and “The Princess Diaries,” the Disney comedy Martin recently produced that has grossed $106 million.

Just as they turn 16, four lifelong friends are freaking over prospect of spending their first summer apart. As they scatter to different locations, their one bond is a cherished pair of jeans they’ve shared. Each will keep the pants for two weeks of her trip, passing them on to the next girl. Each faces serious coming-of-age problems, and somehow the pants help them through.

“It’s a great story about girls, wish fulfillment and empowerment,” Chase said. The project will be shepherded by exec veep Kevin McCormick, in a deal brokered by WMA. The agency repped 17th Street Prods., which is heavily involved in turning its literary product into such series as “Roswell.” With “Traveling Pants,” 17th Street is being custom-fit for its first feature.

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