Cannes 2012: Lightning Entertainment Takes International Rights to Chris Colfer's 'Struck by Lightning'
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 by Robert 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.