Los Angeles, CA (October 22, 2012) – Marking a strategic shift in the company’s development, Lightning Entertainment (“Lightning”), the independent sales and distribution company is entering into the feature film production arena. The first title on the company’s production slate is the action film DEAD DROP starring Luke Goss (INTERVIEW WITH A HITMAN), Cole Hauser (THE HIT LIST) and Nestor Carbonell (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES), it was announced today by Robert Beaumont, President of Lightning.
“It’s the logical next step in our company’s development and progress to actively produce our own feature films and control our supply line of top quality titles for the worldwide marketplace,” said Beaumont. “We aim to deliver films that the buyers need to fulfill their own release goals and we could not be happier to be sharing in that risk and reward.”
DEAD DROP is written by Ben Budd and directed by R. Ellis Frazier (LA LINEA, THE EXODUS OF CHARLIE WRIGHT) who also produces alongside Jacov Bresler and Justin Nesbitt. Beaumont is executive producing the film on behalf of Lightning, with Lightning consultant Richard S. Guardian, and Ray Mortier also attached as executive producers.
Currently in post-production, DEAD DROP tells the harrowing story of Michael (Goss), a CIA operative who is shot by his best friend, pushed out of a plane, but miraculously survives the dead-drop from 5,000 feet. Waking up to his living nightmare, Michael re-inserts himself
into the dangerous Mexican smuggling ring where he was operating deep under cover to flush out his would be assassin who is also holding his girlfriend hostage.
Lightning will also handle international rights to the film, with Mathilde Epstein and Alexandra Cocean, the company’s VPs of International Sales, introducing the title to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market (AFM).
In addition to DEAD DROP, Lightning’s high profile AFM slate also includes the acclaimed documentary HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS, the comedy THE HOT FLASHES starring Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, Virginia Madsen, Camryn Manheim and Wanda Sykes that will premiere for buyers at the market, the Russian animated 3D film KIKORIKI: TEAM INVINCIBLE from blockbuster producer Timur Bekmambetov, the star-studded comedy STRUCK BY LIGHTNING starring Glee’s Chris Colfer and Rebel Wilson and two additional films also premiering at AFM: the thriller FIVE THIRTEEN starring Danny Trejo and Tom Sizemore and the family film HEAVEN’S DOOR starring Charisma Carpenter (THE EXPENDABLES 2) and Joanna Cassidy (HBO’s Six Feet Under). The slate also includes the Liam Hemsworth starrer LOVE AND HONOR, and WHOLE LOTTA SOLE starring Brendan Fraser, directed by Oscar winner Terry George (HOTEL RWANDA).