Uglies Movie Update (4 realz)

Last week there was a short piece in MTV News’s Hollywood Crush last week about the Uglies movie. Let me quote it:

Industry sources have confirmed to MTV News exclusively that Screen Gems, in the wake of the success of its current release “Dear John,” is developing — and in fact, fast tracking (!) — a film version of “The Uglies” series.

While there haven’t been any decisions made regarding things like casting yet, we can tell you that our source said production of the movie is planned for later this year. That means we will all hopefully know soon enough who could be playing the beloved teen Tally Youngblood in the futuristic, meaningful tale about a dystopian society that places an incredible emphasis on looks.

Emphasis theirs. Here’s the rest.

In the words of my Hollywood agent, fast-tracking means, “it’s on the list of projects that they are hoping to make vs. the ones that will never see the light of day.” In other words, this is not a done deal. But it’s a lot better than being in that other, not-so-fast-tracked pile.

Now, some of you are no doubt asking about casting at this point. STOP! I’m the wrong person to ask. Trust me, if I hear anything I will tell you here on this blog, on FB, and on the Twitter machine. But in the meantime, I have nothing to do with casting movies.

If it were up to me, you would all get to play Tally for exactly three seconds of screen time. (And this would be why it’s not up to me.)

Plus, I doubt it’s as far along as this article makes it sound. Like, the casting isn’t going on right now. Probably.

Watch this space for more.

In other news!
If you live in Sydney, you can catch me at the launch for Foz Meadow’s debut novel, Solace and Grief.

It’s about a girl named Solace who has grown up in foster care her whole life, and who’s always realize that’s she’s kind of . . . different. She doesn’t like the sun, she’s wicked strong, and if she concentrates really hard, she can hear a conversation two blocks over. Then someone starts invading Solace’s dreams, and things get really complicated from there.

It looks like this:


Here’s the launch deets:

Sunday, March 7

Kinokuniya Bookstore
Level 2, Galeries Victoria
500 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000

I’ll be giving a wee speech about how cool this book is. Of course, I’ll be more than happy to see you guys there and say hi. But please remember that this is Foz’s party, not mine, so buy her book!

It comes out in Australia on March 1. When it finds a US publisher, I’ll let you know.

And finally!
Sorry that I missed the latest Forum Meet-Up. It was scheduled for early Sunday morning, Sydney time, and I woke up ill. Too ill to type!

But I hope you all had fun. I’ll try to check out the questions you left me, and answer some of them here on the blog.

My apologies again.

310 thoughts on “Uglies Movie Update (4 realz)

  1. Zane was okay for me. I’m a total David girl, though. Inner beauty > physical beauty to me. Zane felt more like a teenage romance relationship. David felt like true love lasting forever <3

  2. Zane for me 😀 love him, David’s just…ok
    I dunno… maybe its just my taste in guys O.o

  3. They were both awesome, but I like Zane – he was so intense, and passionate about everything. David was really cool too, though. I loved his point of view.

  4. I haven’t read all the comments yet, but I will now act like I did when I went to Books-A-Million today, saw “The Dead Tossed Waves” by Carrie Ryan after forgeting the books release: OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD THIS IS SOOOO GREAT THANK YOU SOO MUCH I LOVE THIS I LOVE THIS THIS IS SO GREAT OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀
    I continued to read it for 2 hours. Eventually I went home after reading 140 something pages. I kept forgetting it was Sunday and the fact the internets existed but after I saw this it was TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!!! I will now read you, the fellow Uglies obbsessed fans, comments! 😀 😀
    (spazes out from sheer uglies related happiness) 😀

  5. Ping to Kay-la: Ha ha. Pull a Haymitch. Just don’t get drunk Scott, or else you’ll never be taken seriously in Hollywood as the smart, talented, creative guy we all know you are. Kissing up won’t make the movie come faster will it? Cause there’s plenty more where that came from! ^_^

  6. Ping to the Pennys: I’m a Rachel. Hence the user name! 😀 Good luck with the nicknames you two!

    Ping to the girl that needs a new book series: OMG FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH BY CARRIE RYAN!!!! It’s about zombies. I actually got it from an old post from Scott-la. Look up “Zombies” in the search the site box. Then again I suppose there’s always google. THE STUPID BUM RAG INTERNET WORLD TAKE OVERERS!!!!!
    And that’s why I love the website so much. Sorry. I’m lacking sense aren’t I? 😀

  7. I’m defininitely a team David. I thought that David was her true love, and then when the whole Zane thing started, I was like WHAAAAAAAT???? She just forgot about David because of her brain damage. I wasn’t even sad when Zane died, even though I knew I was supposed to be. The ending of Extras made me so happy. It seemed like the series was finally tied up.

  8. thanks everyone for the requests but I’m hooked on a new series: Papers Towns, funny as crap and my family says it’s AMAZING!!!

    ping to team David girls:
    who should play David? I personally think some unknown person so I’m by watching the movie and saying (fr instance in star trek sylar played Spock) “don’t trust him hs gonna kill you for your powers!”

  9. I hope they pick a good Tally, Shay, David, and Zane.
    And i hope they stick real close with the books storyline.
    (too bad they couldn’t pick completely new actresses and actors to play the characters) I don’t know why but it would make the movie more legit or something…more bubbly.
    i not gonna lie here but i’d love to play Tally…so would a million other fans of Uglies.
    Good Luck with everything!

  10. ping to Kathryn-la
    I totally agree and I mean,yea every uglies fan girl wants to play her, it’s too bad you can’t just send an email saying I want to play tally I can audition whenever, you know?

  11. @ The OTHER Tally Youngblood: EXACTLY! 😀 I LOVE Haymitch 🙂
    And Team David. Zane’s a man-whore 🙂

  12. @ Rileigh-wa: I don’t wanna be Tally xD I NEEEEEEEEED to be Shay 😀 Hahaha. But yeah, you guys make sense.

  13. i love both characters, i just cant seem to choose just one. for david, he has been there for her and saw what no one else saw… but zane, he struggled and kept trying to be with tally…idk they are both equal to me.

  14. I would love to play Tally, I love her character… but I also love Shay…. and I look more like how Shay is said to.
    As for the whole Zane/David thing, already said love ’em both however I love Zane more 🙂

  15. A MOVIE?!?!?!?! Well, if they are going to make a movie of uglies, then Pretties will soon follow…. then EXTRAS! I’m not to crazy about the rest of the series though. But if the movie ends up happening, I will be there to critisize all the parts they messed up on!

  16. I really do hope they make more than one movie. Or that they make one for each book. You get the point. But I’m totally looking forward to it anyway. All of the books are awesome.

  17. ok so to whoever said that the actors need to look right like they do in the books, no. i mean the whole point of uglies is that they are changing and idk about you but i know that i never take in the charictar discriptions and think up my own charicter. so really everybody has their own ideas about what they should look like so the looks really dont matter its how they portray the charictar. if shay and tally are all happy go lucky the whole time its not going to work… at all the actors need to be good actors and such. your not going to find actors that look like the discriptions in the book and can act. only really important things matter, like tallys nose and shay being skinny. other than that it really doesnt matter.

  18. So incredibly excited! I loved this series and I hope that the movie does it justice! If Scott will be on the team, I have no doubt it will be the best portrayal possible :). Can’t wait to hear about ‘auditions’, if they decide to have an open casting call, that is. I hope they do! 🙂

  19. my life would be made if this actually happened. |:



  20. Hello! I am a fan of Scott Westerfeld. I love he!! ok! right, I am a fan of Argentina so my English is not good, is really bad. This is the first time I decided to comment here. I am sad because, here in Argentina not even went on sale “Pretties” his book. I hope it comes out soon, or else, would have to go to Spain to raise, and I would do it if necessary. I love Uglies, Pretties and Specials. I read Uglies and Pretties in Spanish but I read Specials in English because not yet released in Spain. My favorite book is Specials, but I cry a lot when Zane died; I love David too, but Zane is … special and fantastic!!! Love Zane …

    No more … I really love the Uglies series …
    (More Specials)

    Thanks for letting me comment. And, Tally Younglood is the best!!!


  21. Okay, Scott, sorry to bother ya dude, but here’s an idea that probably won’t get a second glance anyways. Haha. Optimism is the best policy 😉 So, as I was saying, here’s my idea. There’s a thing in Michigan for film-making grants that has something to do with lowering the cost of the production by having it in Grand Rapids. Same stuff besides the location–Just cheaper venue. Just letting you know 🙂 *wink, wink* Hahaha. Plus, it’d take the HOLLYWOOD out of it. No chance they’d ruin it over here like they would out West. So if you have any say in it, Scott, you may wanna bring it up 🙂

  22. Hola ping to my peoples: Well, suprisingly, there’s really not much I have to say considering the fact that I haven’t been on here in a week. Oh yeah, if anyone cares, I’m finially writing a book! Not technically, but still, I’ve finially come up with an idea that might actually work! *excited* well, anyway, guess I’ll see you guys either later today or next week! 😀

  23. I really loved the Uglies trilogy (made a lot of my friends read the book since it was so good:D) and I have always wanted it to get famous by someone making a great movie out of it, but now that I’ve read the comments above I’m not so sure about wanting it so much anymore since I hate how they make some movies according to books (for example The Golden Compass or Angels and Demons are now in my head even though there are tons of movies that were totally ruined by movies), but anyway it’s really great that someone has finally decided to make a movie out of it. To comment on some of the above comments – I think Shay should be brown haired just as in the novel and the characters should be some new people with sharp features. Does anyone know where can I find some more info about the Uglies movie? Oh and were any of the other novels made into movies, for example I just finished Leviathan, or Peeps..?

  24. ok, i love acting so much, and ever since i read this book earlier this year (awesome book btw), ive been thinking about how much i would love to play tally. i look just like how she is described in the book (ok i feel silly now). but really. it would be my dream to be in this movie (now i feel like a steriotype). the thing is…. im a little bit too young. lol. but i look old for my age. ive had people think i was 16. anyway, if anyone knows *anything* about auditions, please please please let me know!

    oh, and in response to the “team david” girls, no. just…. no. do you want this to turn into twilight? the books arent about zane vs. david. they are both amazing, and i think the right thing happened. because all through the beginning of pretties, i was like “no! shes supposed to be with david!” but then i started seeing how awesome zane was and i still thought she should be with david, but she couldnt just abandon zane. i think zane dying was the only way…. i almost cried when he did though….

    speaking of which…. lol. doing a book project on specials right now. i made a skit out of the scene where zane died, and filmed it with some of my friends. it was really fun, but it came out pretty (ok, really) bad due to lack of time. lol.

    oh, and does the book really say shay has dark hair? huh. i always pictured her with blonde/dirty blonde hair. that might just be because as soon as it said she was extremely skinny, i pictured her like one of my blonde friends. lol.

    wow i just typed alot. lol. ok, so yeah. any info on auditions, please tell me. thanks! 😀

  25. GOSH DANGGIT I want to be cast in this movie SO bad. What does a girl have to do around here to get an audition. PLEASE PLEASE NOTIFY ME ASAP …CASTING AGENTS I AM HERE!!!

  26. omg omg omg! i want this 2 be a movie soooooo bad! i just hope they dont screw it up by enrolling some crap-ish director! i mean wen they do that they end up messing up an AMAZING book. like twilight, percy jackson ect. either way i still want ‘uglies’ 2 b a movie (even if it does suck ill still c it) LONG LIVE THE SMOKE!!1!1

  27. I am actually an actor.
    I go to a performing arts highschool.
    I was born in 1994 and my sixteenth birthday is in two days.
    I have brown hair and blue eyes.
    I could be Tally as an ugly.
    My problem?

    I live in Australia.
    ( but at least i get the spagbol reference)

    I would so audition for this role, even to just be an extra ugly in the film would be amazing for me.
    damn country difference.

    I understand what you all mean about having actors and randoms for the roles of Tally and Shay as uglies. You all must understand that sometimes the best actors are not pretty enough to get a part.
    I hope this will be an opportunity for one of them, like it would be for me if I was in the right country, to show their talent.

    Agreed with the “team” thing although for the record, I was never really a fan of david, even in the first book. he just seemed to different for Tally, unsuited. I think he would have been much better off with some one else. Zane was one of my favourite characters I cried when I read about his death…

  28. Ping to Ally-wa: On the plus side–Aussies are billions of times better than Americans 🙂 Hahha.

  29. Has any1 considered instead of making a movie about the uglies, if they made almost like a reality show, kind of like the show scrubs, then they’d b able to fit more details in without having to squish important details out of the movie… There soucl b a different sason for each movie.. Season 1: Uglies, Season 2: Pretties….ect. I like this idea but I don’t know how to make it matter, sum1 should help get this idea circulated and maybe the show could happen…

  30. Pretties at last came to Argentina! I’m really very, very happy! thank you very much Scott!!!! :):) I am really happy …

    I LOVE PRETTIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. OMG OMG OMG , i love this book/ series i was wishing/ hoping and pleeding on have it made as one and it’s finaly happening , (i know i’m alittle late on this whole thing.Sorry for that :S)

    ps: i love every book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Ping @ actressgirl:
    yes, Shay has dark hair. I pretty much know every detail about how the characters look b/c there’s so few lol & I was always looking 4 clues about how they looked…but I also loved that b/c then I could make it up myself!

  33. Wonder if Mr Westerfeld actually reads those here comments, lol 🙂

    but hey. Anyways, here I am, 30 yrs old, have read Midnighters several times and now re-reading UgliesPrettiesSpecials saga… Just a quick word, I’m really really impressed with all the books by Mr Westerfeld that I read, used to work in Ottakar’s/Waterstone’s bookshop in UK, and was WHOLEHEARTEDLY recommending all of them to customers, many many customers 🙂
    Anyways, I was just thinking about this movie, actually while re-reading Midnighters, how absolutely frickin cool it would be to make them into movies… Cos they’re SUCH great books, unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and I have read a lot.
    Midnighters, I probably have a softer spot for, cos they were my first books by Scott, but UgliesPrettiesSpecials saga is way better. (sorry, Extras turned out my least fav…)
    So yea, much excited about the news, can’t wait now. Congrats, Mr Westerfeld!! You rock btw :o)

  34. Congrats! You must feel extreme pride to know your books have hit hard enough to be transformed into a movie. I can’t wait to hear more about it’s development, and hopefully they are able to do justice to the book.

    Wonderful job!

  35. Heres what i think: (the number stands for what book they are in)

    DR.Cable- meryl streep (1,2,3)
    Aya fuse- Brenda song (3)
    Frizz mizuno- Justin Chong(3)
    Hiro fuse- shin Koyamada (3)
    shay- Mariah Buzolin (1,2,3)
    david – Nathan cress??(1)
    zane- ?undecided
    tally- ?undecided

  36. shayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy izzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz awsomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee



  37. LOL im bored 😉 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 😉 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  38. YAy!!!! A movie! This time i achually know the story before it becomes a movie!
    That happens to me alot! Like with twilight, harry potter.. Anyway, im SOO excited!!!

  39. Everyday im always getting my friends to read the series. It’s too bad that their too lazy, it would really help with their reading!


  41. My question is how will they cast? I have not read the entire series yet, but a friend told me that Tally lives Asia. Someone mentioned the actors not looking like the characters in the reader’s mind. I wonder, if there is no description of national background, how is Hollywood going to depict what is ugly?

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