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Warner expanding literary smash “The Clique” to live-action digital

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: With news that the “Harry Potter” series has reached its final destination, and the “Twilight” train entering its final stretch, Hollywood has turned its eyes to the next literary property that it can develop to entertain teen audiences (and beyond).

Warner’s answer appears to be a live-action digital series based on the critically acclaimed Alloy Entertainment book series “The Clique,” written by Lisi Harrison. New characters will embark on new adventures written by Streamy-award winner Justine Bateman (“Easy to Assemble”), and her FM 78.tv partner and Emmy Award-winner Jill Kushner (“Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show”).

“We’re looking forward to building on the tremendous success and the adoration toward The Clique series,” said executive producer Peter Murrieta. “We see a world that doesn’t just begin where the books left off; it enhances, enriches and brings the characters, the story and the references into 2010. By doing this, we’ll not only introduce a whole new audience to ‘The Clique,’ we’ll appeal to the original fans too.”

This isn’t the first “Clique” endeavor off the written page. In 2007, Warner Brothers partnered with Alloy Entertainment to create a series of direct-to-DVD films based on the books. A theatrical film based on Harrison’s first novel was released in 2008. And the novels currently are being adapted into a series of graphic novels by Yen Press.

As for this new iteration of “The Clique,” it will be available through online digital retailers and is being distributed by Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. Additional details about the series will be announced in the coming months. And Harrison also announced recently on her Web site that the fourteenth “Clique” book (scheduled for a 2011 release) would mark the end of the series. We’ll see if she sticks to that promise, or finds more “Clique” stories to tell!

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • July 13, 2010 | Permalink |

    Ugh, I was hoping this would end up as a television show but I guess not.
    If the actors and actresses picked for the show are good and the plot is decent, I might just buy the videos. I read almost all of the books so I wouldn’t be able to help myself.

  • July 14, 2011 | Permalink |

    I was actually hoping for all the books to become movies but when I saw that some of the characters were in other shows (kristen and alicia..in Good Luck Charlie on Disney Channel) I kinda just lost faith but I can’t wait for the videos to come out..

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