With McG's dream of doing a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake long gone and the unlikelihood of most of his upcoming projects ever coming to fruition, the guy's got to find something to keep him busy. As reported by Variety, McG will take things down a major notch and trade in the T-800s from Terminator Salvation for a DUFF.

McG will option the rights to Kody Keplinger's debut novel, The DUFF. It's a coming-of-age story about a high school student who comes to the realization that she's the definition of a DUFF, a "designated ugly fat friend." The book doesn't hit stands until the fall, but according to the Amazon product description, the book's DUFF, Bianca Piper, isn't focused solely on her position on the social ladder; she's got issues at home and even develops an unlikely romantic relationship with the school bad boy, Wesley Rush.

It's hard not to giggle at the hurtful yet cleverly amusing acronym. Of course it's a terribly derogatory term, but every high school girl's been called a not so nice name now and then; it's all about how you handle it and it seems as though Keplinger's treatment of the term is going to be one of defiance rather than submission. In an August 2009 interview, the young author explained Bianca "might be seen as 'the Duff,' but she's smart enough to know it's kind of a dumb, horrible concept, even though it bothers her."
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