Santa Monica based sales and distribution company Lightning Entertainment has acquired international sales rights to the US/French mystery thriller “The Chameleon.” The film, which recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, is written and directed by Jean-Paul Salome (“Female Agents”) and stars Marc-Andre Grondin (“C.R.A.Z.Y.”), Ellen Barkin (“Twelve,” “Brooklyn’s Finest”), Famke Janssen (“Hide and Seek”), Emilie de Ravin (“Remember Me”), Brian Geraghty (“The Hurt Locker”) and Nick Stahl (“In The Bedroom”).
Lightning Entertainment is handling international sales outside of France. Leading French production and distribution company Gaumont will release the film theatrically in France on June 23, 2010. ICM is representing the film for North America. The acquisition was negotiated on behalf of Lightning by Rich Goldberg, Richard Guardian and Corporate Counsel Megan Holstein. Filmmakers were repped by Cooper Richey, ICM’s Bic Tran, and attorney Alan Sacks.
The film is based on the eerie true story of a missing youth, who mysteriously reappears as a brooding teenager a few years his disappearance. His fractured family welcomes him home after years of aguish, heightening tensions between them as something appears awry. A determined FBI agent senses inconsistencies in the boy’s story and questions his true identity. But if he is not who he says, why is the family playing along? [Brian Brooks]