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Tribeca Film has acquired U.S. rights to Struck by Lightning, the high school comedy written by and starring Glee’s Chris Colfer. The distributor is planning a late 2012 theatrical release day and date with a bow on on-demand platforms.
The film, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca film Festival, was directed by Brian Dannelly (Saved!). Colfer plays a high school senior, who recounts the final weeks of his life, during which he blackmails the most popular kids in school, after he is killed by lightning. The movie also stars Allison Janney, Polly Bergen, Rebel Wilson, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Hyland and Angela Kinsey.
Lightning is a co-production between Permut Presentations and Camellia Entertainment in association with Inphenate and Evil Media Empire. It was produced by David Permut, Roberto Aguire and Mia Chang. Along with Colfer, the executive producers include Jason Michael Berman, Glenn Rigberg and Lawrence Kopeikin.
“Showcasing his remarkable talents not only as an actor but as a writer and storyteller, Chris Colfer infuses this reinvention of the high school comic-drama with such spirit and joy that he almost makes us fondly nostalgic,” Geoff Gilmore, chief creative officer of Tribeca Enterprises, said.
The deal was negotiated for Tribeca Film by Nick Savva, director of acquisitions, and on behalf of the filmmakers by Traction Media and ICM Partners.
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