The UC Board of Regents has turned thumbs down on Bruinville filming for Vestron's Jeremy Kagan-directed spoof, "The Hunchback of UCLA." So it's now lensing at . . . USC!
Producer Scott Rosenfelt told Outtakes, "Let's just say we went to shoot at USC because of the look of the campus, not because UCLA rejected us. It's a very tricky issue."
Could the storyline have anything to do it? A Vestron rep tells us "Hunchback" is about "a wise-cracking underachiever from Jersey who considers (UCLA) something akin to a country club--and finds comic inspiration from the unlikely source of a modern-day Quasimodo" who lives in the campus bell tower.
Darlene Skeels, UCLA director of public information, said attorneys have been haggling over a film permit since 1985: "The film was judged inappropriate. . . . The main reason 'Hunchback' was denied permission was that the subject matter was all about the campus." Now they're debating the title.