The Uglies adaptation, based on the book by Scott Westerfeld, has been long anticipated. But after a few false starts the recent Netflix project finally making it happen. I have a soft spot for this series because I read it in high school as it was being released. I’ve been waiting for this adaptation a long time! It had a resurgence of popularity thanks to the BookTok/BookTube/Bookstagram fans so now this new movie has a lot of people waiting for it, more than just me.
While the YA trends have gone towards the fantasy genre there are a few upcoming projects that might take us back to the YA dystopia era.
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This page was updated: 7/30/23
About The Book:
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.
But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world—and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever.
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Current Production Status:
Post-production as of December 2021.
Uglies Adaptation Timeline:
In February 2005 the first book was published. The rights were purchased the next year with a movie planned. But the project did not move forward and got stuck in ‘development hell’ from 2007 to 2020.
Then in September 2020 Netflix announced it had acquired the rights and that Joey King would be cast in the lead role. Filming began in October 2021 and went through December. The movie entered post-production right before the holidays.
In July 2023 the author confirmed on Twitter that any announcement about release information had been affected by the SAG-AFTRA strike.
Delayed by strike.
— Scott Westerfeld (@ScottWesterfeld) July 22, 2023
Who Owns The Rights:
Netflix and Anonymous Content co-produced the movie with Netflix handling distribution rights.
Who Is Attached:
Joey King, Laverne Cox, Chase Stokes, Brianne Tju, and Jillian Murray have all been added to the cast.
The film has been completed but there has been no information made public about when it will be released. It has been confirmed to be delayed due to the SAG-AFTRA strike.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
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Uglies Adaptation: Everything We Know So Far
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