Joey King to Star in 'Uglies' Adaptation for Netflix

Joey King and the cover of book Uglies
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McG, who directed 'Babysitter' for the streamer, will helm.

After partnering on ultra-popular high school rom-com franchise The Kissing Booth, Joey King and Netflix are reteaming for the feature adaptation of young adult novel Uglies.

McG, who directed Babysitter for the streamer, will direct the feature based on Scott Westerfeld's novel, which set in a dystopic world where cosmetic surgery is administered to everyone at the age of 16 to make them "pretty."

Krista Vernoff will pen the screenplay.

John Davis and Jordan Davis will produce for Davis Entertainment Company, along with Robyn Mesinger for Anonymous Content, Dan Spilo for Industry Entertainment, and McG and Mary Viola for Wonderland. King will executive produce the project, along with Jamie King and Westerfeld.

King, repped by UTA, Industry and Hirsch Wallerstein, will next be seen in Blumhouse’s The Lie opposite Peter Sarsgaard, which is set to debut on Amazon, and is set to co-star opposite Brad Pitt in Sony’s Bullet Train.