Producers Lily Blavin and Niki Koss have launched a new production company, Lightning Strikes Productions, and are developing Dave Pelzer’s best-selling memoir “A Child Called ‘It’: One Child’s Courage to Survive.”
“A Child Called ‘It'” was published in 1995 and detailed the abuse Pelzer suffered as a child from his alcoholic mother before becoming a foster child at the age of 12. The book was on The New York Times’ bestseller list for several years. The project will focus on a child’s unyielding courage for survival enabling him to overcome extreme life-threatening odds.
Blavin and Koss are producing along with David Goldblum. Goldblum and Tamlin Hall are writing the script.
Blavin and Koss have set up Lightning Strikes with a focus on telling stories that contribute to changing the world in a positive way, while serving as a cathartic escape. As part of the launch, they are currently in pre-production on an untitled documentary directed by Ross Kauffman, who won an Academy Award for “Born Into Brothels.” Blavin and Academy Award-nominated Robin Honan will produce. Koss and Emmy winner Geralyn White Dreyfous will executive produce.
Koss played Alexis Glenn in the Freeform Network series, “Famous in Love.” Her other credits include “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse,” “Red Wing,” “The Appearing,” “Girl on the Edge,” “Trafficked” and “Warning Shot.” She recently completed lead roles in “Burying Yasmeen,” which she produced, and “Dreamcatcher.” She also directed and produced the thriller “Night Night,” starring Brenna D’Amico, which is up for sale at the online American Film Market this week.