All hail Joey King, a stan amongst stans. King will govt produce and star within the long-awaited adaptation of Scott Westerfeld’s dystopian YA novel, Uglies, for Netflix. In response to Deadline, which first reported the news, King has been a longtime fan of the novel collection and was “aggressive in pursuing the lead function as soon as Netflix acquired the rights to the novel.”
McG, King’s collaborator on Netflix’s hit romcom The Kissing Booth, will direct. Krista Vernoff, the showrunner of Grey’s Anatomy, will adapt the script. Westerfeld will be part of the challenge as an govt producer.
The novel, which debuted in 2005, expanded right into a collection with 4 unique books, and Westerfeld has continued so as to add new titles to the Uglies collection in recent times. In different phrases, has a wealth of franchise materials on its fingers if the primary movie goes effectively.
The primary three books within the Uglies collection observe Tally Youngblood as she goes by means of a peculiar coming-age-ceremony. On the age of 16, each younger grownup in Tally’s world undergoes a surgical procedure that strips them of any natural-born imperfections and transforms them into “Pretties,” permitting them to lastly work together with the remainder of society. However when Tally’s pals refuse to bear the surgical procedure, her loyalties are examined when she’s threatened by the federal government to both flip over the dissidents who’re uncovering the true function of the surgical procedures — to not make everybody lovely, however quite to surgically alter their brains to stay shallow and unquestioning of authority — or stay an outcast for all times, by no means to be accepted into correct society. Tally’s battle to keep up her individuality, her friendships, and her freedom culminates in an explosive battle for the way forward for humanity. The fourth novel within the collection, Extras, pivots to a brand new character named Aya Fuse, who additionally tries to make sense of a courageous new world within the instant aftermath of Tally’s journey within the first three books.
Westerfeld additionally debuted a continuation of the collection in 2018 titled Impostors, the primary in a further 4 Uglies collection books. The story focuses on two similar twins’ brutal journey by means of the Uglies universe, set a decade and a half after the tip of the unique collection.