'Vampire Diaries' Showrunner to Adapt 'Tiger's Curse' for Paramount (Exclusive)

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Julie Plec has been tapped to write the screenplay based on the young-adult book by Colleen Houck.

The Vampire Diaries showrunner Julie Plec has been tapped to pen the screenplay for The Tiger’s Curse, Paramount’s adaptation of the young-adult book by Colleen Houck. Mary Parent’s Disruption Entertainment is producing along with Ineffable Pictures' Raphael Kryszek.

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The book tells of a 17-year-old girl who takes a temp job caring for a white tiger at the local circus. She sets off on an epic adventure when she discovers that the tiger is a cursed Indian prince who turns into a man for only 24 minutes per day. Their quest to end the curse leads them through exotic locales in India and brushes with Hindu gods and goddesses. 

Houck self-published Curse as an e-book before catching the attention of Splinter Publishing, which put it out in January 2011 as the first in a five-book series. Tiger’s Curse has been translated into 15 languages and been a New York Times best-seller. Paramount picked up the property in December.

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Plec began her career in films as an assistant to Wes Craven and then as a development exec for Kevin Williamson during the duo’s Scream years before moving with Williamson to television land with Dawson’s Creek.

It’s in that medium where she began making her mark, first by serving as a producer and writer on the hit ABC Family show Kyle XY, then helping Williamson co-create, co-develop and then run The CW’s hit vampire show.

This is WME-repped Plec’s first foray into feature writing.