The high school-set comedy is one of five new titles that the sales company will be offering at the upcoming Cannes Film Market.
Lightning Entertainment has picked up international rights to the high school comedy Struck by Lightning, starring Chris Colfer, and will offer it at next month’s Cannes Film Market.
Struck, which was directed by Brian Dannelly and written by Colfer, features the Glee actor as a high school journalist who blackmails his fellow students. It just had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The comedy was produced by David Permut, Roberto Aguire and Mia Chang and executive produced by Jason Michael Berman, Colfer, Glenn Rigberg and Lawrence Kopeikin. ICM and Traction Media sold international rights to Lightning, and the deal was negotiated by Joseph Dickstein, the company’s senior vp of acquisitions, with Richard Guardian serving as a consultant on the film for Lightning.
The movie is one of five new titles that Lightning, headed byRobert Beaumont, will be selling in Cannes. The others include Servitude, a comedy about waiters written by Michael Sparaga and directed by Warren P. Sonoda, that will have its U.S. debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 29;One Last Look, a thriller that marks the feature debut of writer/director Phillip Roberts; Heaven’s Door, a family film written and directed by Craig Clyde; and Black South-Easter, a thriller that Carey McKenzie is currently shooting in Cape Town, South Africa.
In addition to its new Cannes slate, Lightning will show buyers first footage from the comedy The Hot Flashes, starring Brooke Shields and Daryl Hannah, screen the Australian sci-fi film 25th Reich, and present the thriller Five Thirteen.
April 26, 2012 - The Hollywood Reporter
Chris Colfer’s ‘Struck by Lightning’ among slate on Croisette
Lightning Entertainment has acquired international rights to five features for sale at Cannes — led by Chris Colfer’s comedy “Struck by Lightning,” which just debuted at Tribeca.
Other titles that Lighting will bring to the Croisette include comedy “Servitude,” family film “Heaven’s Door,” South African thriller “One Last Look” and “Black South-Easter,” currently in production.
Colfer wrote and stars in “Struck by Lingtning” alongside Rebel Wilson, Allison Janney, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney and Sarah Hyland. Brian Dannelly directs the tale of a 17-year-old who’s suddenly struck by a bolt of lightning and devises a blackmailing scheme to improve his chances of getting accepted into a top college.
“Struck” is produced by David Permut, Roberto Aguire and Mia Chang, co-produced by Monica Aguirre Diez Barroso, Steve Longi and Mark Moran and executive produced by Jason Michael Berman, Chris Colfer, Glenn Rigberg and Lawrence Kopeikin. ICM and Traction Media sold international rights to Lightning Entertainment. […]
April 26, 2012 - Variety
oh my god
Chris Colfer on E News talking about SBL, Lindsay Lohan and NeNe Leakes (the Lindsay and NeNe parts are new, afaik)
The audio recording/podcast of the Apple Q&A that Chris and the cast of Struck by Lightning did is now available for free download from iTunes. Do a search for “Chris Colfer filmmakers” to find the podcast.
‘Glee’ Star Chris Colfer Reveals ‘Message’ Behind ‘Struck By Lightning’
I was fortunate enough to have a chance to sit down with Chris Colfer, the breakout star from TV’s Glee, and talk about his upcoming film ‘Struck by Lightning’ premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. Not only does Colfer star in the film as spitfire Carson, but he also wrote the screenplay when he was just in high school! It’s pretty impressive stuff. I can honestly say Chris Colfer is not only one of the most talented young actors out there, but he is also one of the nicest! Completely humbled and charming, and also extremely funny! Take a look at some highlights from the interview below: