Septien director Michael Tully has landed Susan Sarandon to star in 1980s-set comedy Ping-Pong Summer.
The film will start shooting in early September in Ocean City, Maryland.
His last feature Septien played at Sundance and Rotterdam; his credits also include Cocaine Angel and Silver Jew.
Tully [pictured] also wrote the script, which is about a teenage boy obsessed with ping-pong and early hip-hop. He has a memorable family beach vacation in the summer of 1985.
The film’s soundtrack will include songs from the era as well as original music by composer Michael Montes and indie band Of Montreal.
Sarandon, who is repped by ICM, called the project “The Karate Kid meets ping-pong.”
“I first started writing Ping-Pong Summer in 1992, when I was still in high school. Back then, the script wasn’t much of a period piece at all. But now, 20 years later, it sure is,” Tully said. “I look forward to combining three of my childhood loves—ping-pong, rap music, and summer vacations to Ocean City, Maryland—in order to deliver a sincere coming-of-age comedy that will appeal to a wide audience without losing any of its indie street cred.”
The producing team includes Steve Bannatyne (If A Tree Falls); Derrick Tseng (Choke, Dark Horse); entertainment attorneys Steven C. Beer and George Rush; Nomadic Independence duo Ryan Zacarias and Brooke Bernard (Septien); and Court 13’s Michael Gottwald (Beasts of the Southern Wild).
The producers are currently lining up additional finance.