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Fox Likes Uglies

Published June 26, 2006 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders.
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With 20th Century Fox back on the fantasy ball with Eragon, the studio is ready to adapt another story from the genre.

Fox to Adapt Uglies

According to Variety,
20th Century Fox and producer John Davis have bought into another young adult fantasy book series with Uglies.

The book is the first in a trilogy from Scott Westerfeld.

Though the film is a fantasy, don't expect to see any dragons flying around, as the futuristic tale instead taps into teen angst over conformity and acceptance. Kids are called "Uglies" until they reach 16 and get surgically transformed into the attractive "Pretties," who move to the glamorous part of town. A precocious teen is threatened with being denied the procedure unless she spies on a pal who skipped the operation and joined a rebellious group. Studio has bought the three-book series for a potential franchise. The second novel, Pretties, is near the top of the young adult bestseller lists; the IPG-repped Westerfeld's third installment, Specials, was also released this year.

The producers were plugged into the tale by their daughter, who read the book in school. 20th Century Fox has begun the search for a scribe to adapt the story into a screenplay.

Stay tuned for updates.

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