Moving Pictures, Di Novi see beauty in ‘Ugly’ story

Pic tells tale of Neanderthal child transported into the future

Demi Moore’s Moving Pictures has teamed with Denise Di Novi’s Di Novi Pictures to produce a feature based on the 1958 Issac Asimov short story “The Ugly Little Boy” for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Mike Maples is adapting “Ugly,” the tale of a Neanderthal child transported 40,000 years into the future. He teams with a nurse who must protect him from the scientists who have their own designs on the boy. An expanded version of the story was published in 1993 by Bantam.

The property will be developed by Di Novi VP of development Alison Greenspan and prexy Edward McDonnell with Andrea Asimow. Ralph Vicinanza and Vince Gerardis will serve as exec producers. Warners senior veep Lionel Wigram is the exec overseeing the project.

Another Asimov short story, “Bicentennial Man,” was adapted into a feature starring Robin Williams that was released in 1999 by Touchstone Pictures.

Artists Management Group reps Maples, who also penned “Stealing Stephen” for the Canton Co. The Asimov property was repped by CAA.

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