The rights to Clovis East graduate and “Glee” star Chris Colfer’s feature film, “Struck By Lightning,” have been acquired by Tribeca Film. It should be in theaters by the end of the year. The movie debuted earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Colfer both wrote and stars in the film about a high school senior whose path to greatness ends when he’s killed in the school parking lot by a bolt of lightning. The student recounts the last few weeks of his life via flashbacks. The movie also stars Allison Janney, Polly Bergen, Rebel Wilson, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Hyland and Angela Kinsey.
After the theatrical release, the movie will be available through video-on-demand outlets.
“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,” says Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises in a press release announcing the deal. “Rousing, fresh, superbly acted by a strong ensemble, and wonderfully directed by Brian Dannelly, we are delighted to be partnering with Chris and his fellow filmmakers to share this new take on a classic genre for a new generation.”
Colfer says in the same release that he’s “thrilled to be partnering with a company as passionate about this film as we are.”