by Tommy Cook Posted: January 10th, 2013 at 9:43 am
Struck by Lightning, a film deeply indebted to the written word, advocates not so much for the quality of writing but for the action itself. Writing in the film becomes an act of catharsis for its characters, regardless of literary talent. Chris Colfer (best known as Kurt on Glee) stars as Carson Philips, a know-it-all wannabe high school journalist. To get into the college of his dreams (North Western) and to boost his resume, Philips blackmails his classmates into contributing articles for his newfound literary magazine. The film is a passion project for Colfer, beginning life as a one-man high school play (Colfer played every single role), now transitioning into a fairly good film and to top it off – becoming it’s own tie-in novel (which is the second novel the New York Times Bestselling Colfer’s written). It’s fitting that a film so in love with the power of writing covers such a gamut of literary fields.
In the following interview with Chris Colfer, he discusses the first thing he ever wrote, how he approaches writing a novel versus a film and what’s next for him on Glee. For the full interview, hit the jump.
by Tommy Cook Posted: January 8th, 2013 at 7:17 am
In this week’s limited release Struck by Lightning, Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) co-stars as Claire Mathews, the antagonist to Chris Colfer’s plucky wannabe journalist Carson Philips. As members of the student council (and opposite spectrums of the high school hierarchy: Claire is cool, Carson very much not so), the two often come to a head over such trivial matters as the class prom theme or the structure of the yearbook or whose club – Chris’s newspaper or Claire’s cheerleading team – is more important. However when Carson catches Claire in an uncompromising position with the gym teacher, he has all the fuel he needs to blackmail her into writing for him and tilting the social hierarchy more in his favor.
In the following interview with Sarah Hyland, she discusses her earliest literary pursuits, what drew her to Struck by Lightning and what’s coming up for Haley on Modern Family. Hit the jump to watch.
The indie dramedy Struck by Lightning, written by Chris Colfer (who plays Kurt Hummel on the Fox series Glee) and directed by Brian Dannelly (Saved!), tells the story of high school senior Carson Phillips (Colfer), who masterminds a blackmail scheme targeting the popular kids in school, that he carries out with his best friend, Malerie (Rebel Wilson). With a mother (Allison Janney) who’s falling apart and an estranged father (Dermot Mulroney) who suddenly shows back up in his life, Carson’s path to greatness seems like it’s getting further and further out of reach.
At the film’s press day, Collider spoke to Chris Colfer, in both a 1-on-1 and a roundtable interview, about deciding to write a movie script at the age of 16, having always been a very driven person when it comes to his career, that the finished product is pretty close to the structure of his original script, how nervous he was about finding a director, and getting to explore the character deeper in the companion novel, Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal. He also talked about his writing process, what being a best-selling author means to him, that he’s currently writing the sequel to his children’s fantasy The Land of Stories, what’s most surprised him about his journey on Glee, and whether he could ever see himself directing. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
At a time when the East Coast is being savaged by what could be one of the most devastating storms on record in Hurricane Sandy, Yahoo has decided to release a trailer for Struck by Lightning. Whether this is an innocent oversight or a callous PR move, don’t blame the filmmakers. Among them are writer/star Chris Colfer, who is best known for his role on Fox’s Glee but channels his high school angst into this new teen dramedy feature. Directed by Brian Dannelly (Saved!), Struck by Lightning follows Carson Phillips (Colfer), a misunderstood teen who uses blackmail as a last resort to catapult him towards his dream of becoming editor of The New Yorker. The film also stars Rebel Wilson, Sarah Hyland, Allison Janney, Dermot Mulroney, Christina Hendricks, Allie Grant, and Angela Kinsey. Hit the jump to check out the new trailer.
The Cannes Film Festival is currently running over in France, and while the Fest hosts the premieres of such prestige pictures as Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and John Hillcoat’s Lawless, it’s also a place to sell movies for distribution. We’ve already brought you some billboards and sales posters for Django Unchained, One Shot, Spring Breakers and more, and now our international correspondent Magdalena has sent over quite a few more posters. We’ve got new looks at the Gerard Butler-fronted White House Taken, Chris Colfer’s Struck By Lightning, the drama Love and Honor starring Liam Hemsworth, a film called Homefront written and produced by Sylvester Stallone and starring Jason Statham, and many more. Hit the jump to check out all the posters.
The rest of the selections for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival have been announced. We previously shared the selections for the festival’s world narrative and documentary competition categories as well as out-of-competition viewpoint titles. Today the fest unveiled selections for the Spotlight and Cinemania sections. Some of the films set to screen include Take This Waltz starring Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams, Morgan Spurlock’s new documentary Mansome, and Struck By Lightning written by and starring Glee star Chris Colfer.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of selected films. The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 18th – 29th.
Even those who quickly grew weary with Glee maintain their love for Chris Colfer. So we are all watching closely with Struck by Lightning, which is not only Colfer’s feature debut, but also his first produced script. The first trailer has dropped, and there is definite promise. Colfer’s writing is clearly influe nced by his day job, given the story’s focus on what it means to be an outcast in high school. But Colfer smartly crafted a different kind of high school outcast for himself, one who wants to be the editor of The New Yorker rather than a Broadway star. This ambition leads the character to, as he puts it, “blackmail the entire school to better my chances of getting into the school of my dreams. And it’s exhilarating.” Rebel Wilson, Sarah Hyland, Allison Janney, Dermot Mulroney, Christina Hendricks, Allie Grant, and Angela Kinsey also star in Struck by Lightning, directed by Brian Dannelly (Pushing Daisies). Watch the trailer after the jump.
Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, and Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) have joined the coming-of-age comedy Struck by Lightning. Written by and starring Chris Colfer (Glee), the pic recently began principal photography under the steady hand of director Brian Dannelly (Saved!) and is told in flashback from the perspective of a young man (Colfer) who was struck and killed by lightning. Per the press release, the guts of the film will document his “exploits as he blackmails his fellow senior classmates into contributing to a literary magazine he’s publishing.”
In addition to the cast already mentioned, Struck by Lightning also stars Angela Kinsey (The Office), Allie Grant (Weeds), Ashley Rickards (Fly Away), Polly Bergen (Desperate Housewives), and Brad Henke (Choke). A lot could be riding on the film for Colfer as it’s both his feature debut and, as we reported yesterday, he isn’t expected to return for season 4 of the show that made him a semi-household name, Glee. Here’s to hoping his television success can translate to the big screen. For a little more on the project and the three newly announced cast members, hit the jump for the full press release.
Allison Janney has signed on to star opposite Chris Colfer (Glee) in the coming-of-age comedy Struck by Lightning. Colfer also wrote the script which, per Variety, “opens with Colfer’s character being struck and killed by a bolt of lightning; flashbacks will chronicle his exploits as he blackmails his classmates into contributing to a literary magazine he’s publishing.” The independent production will shoot this July in Los Angeles during Colfer’s summer hiatus from Glee. Brian Dannelly (Saved!) will direct.
Hit the jump for more Giancarlo Esposito’s role in I, Alex Cross, and the casting of Dev Patel in More As This Story Develops.
by Jason Barr Posted: January 20th, 2011 at 7:21 pm
Fresh off of his Golden Globe win for his supporting role on Fox’s Glee, Chris Colfer now has a director for his high school comedy, Struck by Lightning. Per Variety, Colfer is set to team up with director Brian Dannelly (Showtime’s United States of Tara) on the project. The film, which Colfer penned as well, is said to be in the vein of films from the late John Hughes. Struck by Lightning will look to begin shooting this summer during the actor’s hiatus from Glee. David Permut (Youth in Revolt) is on board to produce the film, which will see Colfer’s big screen debut. As for Dannelly, his previous feature directorial work comes in the form of the 2004 teen comedy Saved! which starred Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, and Macaulay Culkin.
We have some quick casting stories for you this morning. First up, Glee star Chris Colfer is set to make his big screen debut in the indie coming-of-age comedy Struck by Lightning. Producer David Permut (Youth in Revolt) tells Variety that the script (which Colfer wrote) “captures the spirit of movies penned by the late John Hughes.” Permut plans to attach a director and a cast before putting the film out to financiers next year. I’m interested to see how this project develops as Colfer is one of the true breakout stars of Glee with his incredible voice and knack for comedy as well as drama.
Hit the jump for news regarding Lucy Punch (Dinner for Schmucks), Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad), and Rich Sommer (Mad Men) joining The Giant Mechanical Man.