'State' alum teams with 'Carey' exec for black comedy

NEW YORK – Michael Patrick Jann, a former member of the ensemble sketch-comedy troupe the State, has been set to direct the New Line Cinema film “Dairy Queens,” a black comedy about a small Minnesota town’s obsession with a beauty pageant.

Jann, who directed many of the State’s filmed segments during its run on MTV and has directed ESPN football promos, will shoot the film in cinema verite style.

Scripted by Lona Williams, the co-exec producer of the hit ABC sitcom “The Drew Carey Show,” “Dairy Queens” is a mock documentary about the bitter competition among the young girls who enter the pageant, along with their even more competitive and cutthroat parents.

The film will be produced by Gavin Polone and Judy Hofflund at an $8 million budget. William Morris’ James Dixon and Sara Bottfeld rep Jann.

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