Hamri to direct 'Sisterhood' sequel
Alcon and Warner Bros. have set a sequel to the 2005 film “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.”The original core ensemble — America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel and Blake Lively — are all in talks to reprise, and Sanaa Hamri is set to direct. Plan is to begin production June 3, starting in Greece, then moving to New York and Connecticut. Ferrera’s career has taken off as the title character of “Ugly Betty.” Tamblyn is awaiting word from CBS on a pickup of drama pilot “Babylon Fields.” Bledel had been expected to be done with “Gilmore Girls,” but it is now looking like a strong possibility that the show will return. Lively has “Gossip Girls.” Scripted by “Pants” co-writer Elizabeth Chandler, the sequel uses as its foundation “Forever in Blue,” the fourth installment of the “Pants” novel series by Ann Brashares. Now college age, the girls have storylines that take place in Turkey, Greece, New York, Vermont and Providence. While the original film was PG rated, the sequel is likely to be PG-13. Morocco-born Hamri directed videos with Mariah Carey, Prince, Jay-Z and others before making her feature debut on the Focus Features romantic comedy “Something New.” Alcon is financing the film, which will be released by WB. Debra Martin Chase, Denise Di Novi are producing with Alcon partners Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. Kira Davis, Alison Greenspan and Leslie Morgenstein are exec producers. Alcon just wrapped the Richard LaGravanese-directed “P.S. I Love You,” which stars Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler. WB releases the film Dec. 21.