Uglies Movie Press Release

Project Signals Premier Visual Effects Company Move Into Film Production
LOS ANGELES (JULY 24, 2011) – Producer John Davis and the founders of Lola Visual Effects (Lola VFX) will team to finance, develop and produce a theatrical, live action feature based on Scott Westerfeld’s New York Times best-selling “Uglies,” the first of his futuristic trilogy first published in 2005.
The filmmakers have also acquired Westerfeld’s PRETTIES and SPECIALS, the remaining trilogy installments published by Simon Pulse, a Simon & Schuster company, with total sales of over 3 million copies. Jacob Forman (“All The Boys Love Mandy Lane”) will write the screenplay.
UGLIES will be produced by John Davis (“Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” “I, Robot”) and Jordan Davis (“Jump In”), along with Colin and Greg Strause via their Hydraulx Entertainment banner. Lola’s Edson Williams and Thomas Nittmann will executive produce along with Adam Schroeder
Lola is the groundbreaking visual effects company paving the way for an entirely new level of story-telling, most recently transforming Chris Evans into the 90-pound weakling Steve Rogers for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. The company was founded by Colin and Greg Strause, Edson Williams, and Thomas Nittmann.
Set in an Orwellian future in which teens undergo surgery on their sixteenth birthdays to become supermodel “pretty,” UGLIES is the story of Tally Youngblood, one such “ugly” teen who is forced by authorities to forgo her transformation until she infiltrates The Smoke, a community of rebels who choose to retain their appearance and live outside of normal society. Tally soon discovers appearance isn’t everything and her world is not all that it seems.
“’UGLIES’ is a smart, youthful, and edgy trilogy peopled by sophisticated characters who have to navigate through a dangerous but fascinating world,” stated John Davis. “We are at this time in the development of cinema magic where we have the proper technology to fully realize Scott’s vision for the screen.”
In addition to CAPTAIN AMERICA, Lola is the company behind Brad Pitt’s youthification in THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON and flawless twining of Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss in THE SOCIAL NETWORK.  With this technology and expertise, Lola will handle the dramatic transformation of characters into the “pretty” versions of themselves while Hydraulx will create the futuristic world of UGLIES, an exquisite yet eerie dystopian future.
Stated Greg Strause: “With UGLIES, Scott created a visually stunning world that capitalizes on the strengths of both Lola and Hydraulx.  Our partnership demonstrates the expanding possibilities of enhancing creative storytelling with innovative visual effects.”
Hydraulx is an award-winning visual effects facility with work including 300, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, 2012, BATTLE LOS ANGELES, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, and AVATAR, the latter two films in 3D.  Founded by Colin and Greg Strause, the company leverages the Brothers’ extensive filmmaking experience to provide a comprehensive and unparalleled photographic and photorealistic approach to visual effects.
Chairman of Los Angeles-based Davis Entertainment, John Davis has been a producer on more than 80 feature films and movies for television that have earned more than $4 billion worldwide.
Davis’s three divisions–-feature film, independent film, and television-–develop and produce film and television projects for the major studios, independent distributors, networks and cable broadcasters. The Company, established in 1986, has enjoyed a long-standing first-look production deal at 20th Century Fox, though also  produces projects for all studios and mini-majors.

Some of Davis’s films include the Jim Carrey starring “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,”  “Gulliver’s Travels” starring Jack Black; the hit sci-fi thriller “I, Robot” starring Will Smith; “Norbit,” starring Eddie Murphy (in their fourth film together) for DreamWorks/Paramount; “Garfield,” which earned $200 million at the worldwide box office, for Fox; the $100 million-plus hit Eddie Murphy comedy “Daddy Day Care;” the blockbuster “The Firm,” starring Tom Cruise; “Courage Under Fire,” starring Denzel Washington; “Waterworld,” starring Kevin Costner; “Predator,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; the two hugely successful “Dr. Dolittle” films, starring Eddie Murphy; the Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau trilogy “Out to Sea,” “Grumpy Old Men,” and “Grumpier Old Men;” “Alien vs. Predator,” an action thriller combining the two classic creatures, and its sequel “AVP2,” for Fox, among many others.

427 thoughts on “Uglies Movie Press Release

  1. When is this movie going to be released? It’s 2013! I’m re reading the books now, because they are amazing! I hope the movie will live up to them.

  2. I hope they don’t pull a Percy Jackson and make the characters nothing like the book… I mean, the book’s amazing! The movie producers have a lot going for them.. 🙂
    Can’t wait till the trailer come out!

  3. Loved uglys prettys ¡s ok so far ¡t would make me so happy ¡f one came out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!¡!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH you have no idea how big a fan i am im so glad i read your books this year so im alittle behind on this news but i think you should use new faces for your movie i know its not up to me but i think it would give your movie a twist to have new people and not movie stars because it would be super cool ans stuff well good luck on your movie i will not rest until it comes out ok i will wait out side the movie theatres until it comes out

  5. oh and pretties is my favorite so it would be nice if you did all the books also not just UGLIES even though UGLIES is great

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  7. I can’t wait!!!!! EEEK Does anyne know who the cast are/when it’s going to be released? I CANNOT WAIT 😀

  8. What’s the status on the movie?? My friends an I absolutely love your books, and we really wanna see the movie! But when does it come out? It’s been like 2 years since you wrote this and there’s not an update on it since 🙁 hope you’ll update us on the status 🙂

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  10. Hello, I have been told that the movie was supposed to come out last year, Why have you guys stopped making the movie or what is taking so long?. I would really really love to see the movie! I’m so excited!

  11. I also love the books and couldn’t stop reading. But not just because it’s fascinating (the idea), good writing and highly excited… but because it is such a good and modern version to criticise our world!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It would be a very good possibility to bring all of the mistakes WE NOW DO into a movie, and I am sure, MANY MANY people would watch the movie, people of all ages (especially young ones who can still change and improve the world)!
    Maybe not everyone would see the critic in the movie (because of being so futuristic and excited) and they probably wouldn’t start changing their shit habits of egoism, nature destroyment … BUT maybe subconciously they would see and start to think about our generation and the many social, ecological and economical problems we have!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THIS BOOK ISTN’T JUST EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. hey i didnt know that uglies was a movie! cant wait to get to see it!!!! i love scott westerfelds work. he has an amazing way with words. when i read your books i cant help but imagining me there <3 thank you for giving me a reason to say i enjoy reading 🙂

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  15. oooh i wanna see a trailer iv searched youtube but cannot find it. plllzzzz help!

  16. Dudes this is probly not going to happen…. its sad because I got all excited for nothing! !! Way to let people down!!! Gosh!

  17. ahhhhhhhhhhhh cant wait when is going to be released all the best books are being made into movies hunger games city of bones now uglies yay

  18. When is uglies going to be released?! I’m so excited for it becoming a movie!!!(as long as it sticks to the book.)

  19. Ok so I really don’t think this move will happen I mean I would LOVE it to but come on its been two years and we still haven’t heard anything about it!

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  21. OHMIGOD!! This HASS to happen. I hated scifi before this book and this is book series one on my fav list. I absolutely love this series so this has to
    Happen. I reccomended this series to my bffs who hate reading and they both are buying the whole series. I was so excited because UGLIES was on my summer reading list so I got to read a book I actually liked!! 🙂

  22. So I have a question is this still happening? Because these books are like my life I’ve read them at least 20 time not joking!! Anyway I also wanted to ask if your going to have open casting for tally and shay because I really want to tryout if you are. I think I would be a good tally or shay even. All that aside I’m super excited!! ????????????????

  23. There seems to be alot of excitement still about the movie coming to play. I can not wait. I have been obsessed with the books since i first read them. I take my time slowly reading and only trying to imagine what everyone and everything could be like. There’s a lot of pressure riding on this movie to come out perfect. I know I can say I hope there is no disappointment and that we are only in awh of how amazing this will be. Has vastly become my favorite cooks to read. I can’t get enough of them. It makes me wonder what his other books hold. I haven’t dove into anything else of his yet. Any suggestions?

  24. I actually did read Uglies. I unfortually did not finish reading Pretties.
    I accidently left this book in the Emergency waiting room. When I came back … it was
    gone. When I asked security at LOST and found … they had no idea what I was talking
    about. I was so happy to hear that Uglies will be made into a movie. I have been looking on the movie theatre posters…for Uglies. I even looked on the internet…and I could not find it. It is my birthday today…and as a last wish please let me know .

  25. This is sooooooo awesome!!! Finally i’ll see a movie of it! :D… hmmm Tessa, if you loved this books as much as i did, you will like to read the Leviathan series, it’s just amazing!… if you like steampunk, of course. But even if you don’t, give it a look, the story is quite hooking and very exciting.

    By the way… does anyone knows, what happened with Extras?, i’ve seen that in the post they talk about the first e books of the series, and even said that it is a thrilogy… i’m a little concerned about it because i liked that book so much too.

  26. is this movie still being made!!??? I need to no this book is so awesome, I doubt u want to let ur fans down ;( im in Australia so I want to no if it has been released!! come on and finish the movie already please!!!!

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  28. hey! is the movie being made?? are they casting still? please let me know(overly obsessed actress here and I need to know if I can join!) thanks!love the books!! hope I could be part of it??

  29. i love this book itslikethe best i’ve ever read in ages
    wooow! congrats andhope the movie will be exciting too!

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