The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants movies are what you might call "modest successes." Released in 2005 and 2008 respectively, the two films were made for only about $25-30 million each, and both made north of $40 million in worldwide box office totals. These aren't the kind of numbers that are going to get a studio drooling about the idea of another sequel, which explains why we are only hearing about a third movie in the series six years later.
Deadline is reporting that the production company Alloy Entertainment is now in the process of developing a feature adaptation of Sisterhood Everlasting, the fifth and final book in Ann Brashares' long-running young adult series. The plot will pick up 10 years since we last saw the protagonists and will begin with all of them having gone separate ways. Tibby, who was played by Amber Tamblyn in the first two movies, decides that she is tired of not seeing the people who she was once so close to, and decides to invite all of the girls on a trip that will "will change their lives forever."
For a refresher course on exactly what happens in these movies and an explanation as to what the hell "Traveling Pants" are, watch the two trailers for the previous films below:
Screenwriter Liz Garcia, who is best known for her work on television shows like Cold Case and Memphis Beat and just made her directorial debut with The Lifeguard, is penning the adaptation. Ken Kwapis, who directed the first Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants movie but not the second, is returning to take the helm and close out the trilogy. As for the original cast, which included Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, and America Ferrara Alloy Entertainment President Les Morgenstein addressed the issue in an official statement:
"The Sisterhood series is one of Alloy’s most cherished properties and we are looking forward to continuing its legacy with Sisterhood Everlasting nearly a decade after the first film was released. The original film brought together an incredible group of talent who we hope to unite for fans once again."
Presumably the production company has people talking to the actress' agents right now, so don't be too surprised if you hear a few more updates about the project in coming weeks.