A fictionalized rendering of Leguizamo's one-man show Ghetto Klown, the film is scheduled to open toward the end of 2013.
"Fugly!" casts Leguizamo as Jesse Sanchez, "a Latino comic who has a near-death experience that forces him to revisit his personal and professional highs and lows," according to press notes. "Told in a style that befits the envelope-pushing Jesse—and Leguizamo — the film blends past, present, fantasy, and reality to tell of one man's hilarious quest for fame, fortune, and fulfillment."
About the film Leguizamo said in a statement, "I'm very honored to be working with 108 Media's honcho Mark Urman, who I have always looked up to in the independent scene. This is my first foray into screenwriting and in trying to up-end a format by making an ‘anti-romantic comedy.’ We went very sexual, very aggressive, and exposed some of my life through the character of Jesse. 'Fugly' was a term we used and invented in New York when I was a kid for anything truly abhorrent. It was used on me many a time in my hood. This time I'm appropriating it. This is my revenge through art!"