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Universal to adapt ‘Sweep’ for bigscreen

Alloy Ent., Vince Vaughn's Wild West producing witch tale

Supernatural themes and young adult properties continue to be hot sellers, as Universal has attached Robert Nelson Jacobs to adapt Cate Tiernan’s bestselling “Sweep” book series for the bigscreen.

Series revolves around a 16-year-old girl who discovers she’s a blood witch.

Alloy Entertainment — which has developed a number of prominent young adult properties for TV and film, including “Gossip Girl” — is producing “Sweep” with Vince Vaughn’s banner, Wild West Picture Show Prods.

Tiernan’s tomes tell the story of Morgan Rowlands, the descendant of a long line of witches. Ultimately, she must decide whether to use her powers for good or evil.

Cate Tiernan is the pen name of Gabrielle Charbonnet, an American author, illustrator and editor.

Vaughn is producing “Sweep” with Wild West’s Sandra J. Smith and Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein. Exec producer is Alloy’s Bob Levy. Victoria Vaughn of Wild West will oversee production.

Jacobs adapted “Chocolat,” and “The Water Horse” and “Extraordinary Measures.”

Alloy’s slate includes feature “Au Pairs,” with Flower Films and Warner Bros.; “The A List” at U; and “Duplikate” at Fox 2000. Previous projects include Warner’s “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” franchise and “Sex Drive.”

Jacobs is repped by Gersh; Vaughn, CAA.

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