Vince Vaughn is not necessarily the first name you would expect to hear associated with a teenage witch fantasy series that hopes to take the place of Twilight (in the hearts and pocketbooks of young girls across the globe).
However, the actor’s production company, Wild West Picture Show Productions, will produce the upcoming adaptation of Cate Tiernan’s fantasy series Sweep.
Robert Nelson Jacobs (The Water Horse) will pen the adaptation with Wild West’s Vince Vaughn and Sandra J. Smith producing and Victoria Vaughn (Vaughn’s sister) overseeing the production. Alloy Entertainment (Gossip Girl) will co-produce with Leslie Morgenstein and executive producer Bob Levy.
Universal Pictures has picked up the rights to the series, which they undoubtedly hope will snatch up the money left behind when Breaking Dawn (the final installment in The Twilight Saga) and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows are out of theaters.
Sweep is, in fact, a bit of a hybrid of the two massively popular fantasy series.
Sweep tells the tale of a 16 year old girl, Morgan Rowlands, who discovers she is a “blood witch,” meaning a born witch, descended from an entire bloodline of powerful magic users – in the same way that Harry Potter discovers that he is not “just Harry” as he had always imagined, but in a fact, a famous and powerful wizard at the beginning of J.K. Rowling’s series.
The Twilight similarities are especially apparent in the romantic elements of the story, as well as the nature of heroine, Morgan. Bella, the female protagonist in the Twilight series thinks of herself as ordinary, though those around her consistently respond to her as if she is extraordinary, and we eventually discover that she is, inherently, far beyond “normal.” Sweep opens with Morgan’s internal monologue observing “yesterday I was ordinary—not too pretty, not too plain;” she soon makes the discovery, however, that things are not as they had seemed.
Morgan’s discovery of her true nature is also akin to The Twilight Saga; she comes face to face with her bloodline through her interactions with, not a mentor or profit, but, a seriously hot boy. A boy who becomes the third corner in a romantic love triangle between Morgan, Cal (the boy) a Wiccan who can sense her “innate power,” and his enemy/brother, Hunter. The love triangle between the brother’s brings in an element from another tremendously popular teen fantasy series The Vampire Diaries.
Sweep does indeed seem primed to fill the gap that will be left with the conclusion of Twilight and Harry Potter. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more about the adaptation.