'Tanner' rises from ashes of UPN
Empty"Tanner Hall," a never-made UPN pilot, is finding new life as an indie feature.
Chris Kattan, Amy Sedaris and Tom Everett Scott have been cast in the feature, being directed by Tatiana von Furstenberg and Francesca Gregorini.
Also in the cast are Tricia Mara ("Urban Legends: Bloody Mary"), Brie Larson ("Hoot"), Georgia King ("Wild Child"), Amy Ferguson ("Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story") and Shawn Pyfrom ("Desperate Housewives").
The script, written by von Furstenberg and Gregorini, is a coming-of-age story set in a boarding school. Four teenage girls navigate adolescence while the adults in their world -- the parents and teacher -- struggle with their own midlife hurdles.
Von Furstenberg is the daughter of fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, and Gregorini is the daughter of Barbara Bach and the step-daughter of Ringo Starr. The two met while attending Brown University, became fast friends and cooked up "Tanner Hall" as a TV series based on their experiences attending boarding schools. UPN picked up the project, but it became a victim of the UPN-WB merger that created the CW network.
Von Furstenberg and Gregorini took the project back, reworked the script and broadened the scope of the canvas to make the story into a feature.
The duo also are producing the movie with Rhode Island native Julie Snyder, whose credits include "This American Life" and "Unaccompanied Minors."
The movie, with a budget of less than $10 million, is shooting in Rhode Island.
Kattan ("Adam and Steve"), is repped by APA and 3 Arts and attorney Karl Austen
Sedaris, repped by Paradigm, was last heard as the voice of Cinderella in "Shrek the Third."
Gersh-repped Scott was last seen in "Because I Said So" and in ABC's "Cashmere Mafia."