Now that Ugly Betty has concluded its run, there’s already talk of a possible feature film. Is that realistic?
Ugly Betty revolves around a young woman (America Ferrera) who works at a trendy fashion magazine. Others in the cast include Eric Mabius, Tony Plana, Ana Ortiz, Becki Newton, Mark Indelicato, Michael Urie, Vanessa Williams, and Ashley Jensen.
The series ran for four seasons before being cancelled by ABC. The ratings had been in decline for more than a year so the cancellation really didn’t come as a surprise.
Though the show’s writers were able to give the series and the characters some closure, many devoted fans naturally want more. According to some of the stars of the show, a movie based on the series is a possibility.
After filming the series finale, Ferrera told Zap2It, “I’m happy with the way it turned out. And hopefully the fans will want more and they will come back and see Ugly Betty: The Movie and we can see what life after the show brought for this character and all these characters that the audience is in love with.”
Oritz later confirmed those feelings. She told Latina, “It’s something that we’ve been talking about and it’s something that America Ferrera would really love to do. That woman has so much determination that I can’t imagine anything she puts her mind to not getting done.”
There are no concrete plans for a feature film as yet but it’s an interesting idea. Though it could certainly happen someday, the prospects seem highly unlikely. After all, Ugly Betty has never been a big hit and viewership was in decline for quite awhile. Episodes didn’t bring a lot of money in syndication and the series finale only attracted 5.65 million viewers.
When you look at it that way, an Ugly Betty feature film doesn’t make a lot of business sense. But who knows, after the show’s been out of primetime for a few years, perhaps it’ll attract a cult following and they can figure out how to make the movie in a way that makes good financial sense.
What do you think? Is an Ugly Betty feature film a realistic prospect or just wishful thinking?
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