Lost Colony Entertainment

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Lost Colony Entertainment
Private
Industry Television series, Motion pictures
Founded 2001
Founder Richard O'Sullivan
Headquarters New York, New York, United States
Key people
Richard O'Sullivan
Sandra Rayne Garcia
Website lostcolonyentertainment.com

Lost Colony Entertainment[1] is an American-based film and television production company that was founded in 2001 by filmmaker Richard O'Sullivan.[2]

Film[edit]

In 2001, Lost Colony began development of a dark political comedy entitled How to Suck the Brain of a President's Daughter. Independent financing was raised; actors Anthony Stewart Head, Lindsay Felton, and Tanya Roberts were attached to star in the film; and Roddy Bottum (from the band Faith No More) came aboard to provide the musical score. However, before production began, the September 11 attacks occurred, and investors, sensitive to the controversial nature of the screenplay, pulled out, causing the project to be shelved.

In 2004, Lost Colony produced an independently-financed feature film entitled Communication Breakdown. The film's premise involved a faceless conglomerate taking over an indie radio station as the station employees struggled to maintain their jobs and their sanity. Described by director Richard O'Sullivan as a tribute to the John Hughes movies of the 1980s, the entire film took place over several hours ala The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. "I always wondered what it would've been like to follow the Brat Pack as they got older," said O'Sullivan. "To see them with real jobs in the real world but still trying to hold on to whatever it was that made them who they were."

In 2006, Lost Colony produced an unsold comedy pilot called Traveling Man. The following year, it produced a second pilot, this one a fantasy adventure, entitled Breach of Heaven. During this same period, it handled production for numerous music videos, including ones for such artists as Always Sunday (featuring Trent Dabbs), The Situationals, Rachel Merchand, Judson, Shawn Gallaway, and Randy Casey (formerly of P.J. & The Terrorists).

On November 3, 2009, it was announced that Lost Colony was developing a romantic comedy feature entitled One Night With You[3] in association with Scott M. Rosenfelt, producer of such films as Home Alone (1990), Mystic Pizza (1988) and Teen Wolf Too (1987).[4] On November 19, 2009, it was reported that Lindsay Lohan, who at the time was in the midst of mounting legal problems centered around drug and alcohol problems, was in talks to play the lead role in One Night With You.[5] On April 27, 2010, Lost Colony head Richard O’Sullivan confirmed the rumors, telling WENN, "It is ready-made for Lindsay. If it happens, it could be her Mickey Rourke comeback. But we're proceeding with extreme caution while the Lohan family sorts through their issues during a very trying time." Despite the backing of Carsten H.W. Lorenz—producer of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004), Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008), The Grudge (2004), and Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)—it soon became apparent that Lohan, due to her continued legal woes, could not be insured for the film. Rumors then began to swirl that singer Taylor Swift would either replace Lohan in the project[6][7] or join her in a supporting role,[8][9][10] with Penn Badgley[11] taking on the role of the lead character’s love interest. On October 30, 2010, O’Sullivan lambasted the media in an interview with Radar Online, claiming that Lohan was the victim of a double standard. He compared her troubles to those of Charlie Sheen and implied that the media and the public were far more forgiving of Sheen than Lohan.[12] After Lohan was forced back into court due to a parole violation in early 2011, O’Sullivan seemed to abandon the plan of proceeding with the beleaguered actress, telling reporters, “We’re screwed.”[13][14]

Amidst the public drama surrounding Lohan, Lost Colony also announced plans for two other projects: An original horror film entitled Hallows (later retitled The Ballad of Jimmy Hallows[15])—which was initially conceived as a vehicle for former adult film star Sasha Grey[16][17]—and the dark comedy The Genesis of Lincoln (based loosely on the historical book of the same name about Abraham Lincoln by James H. Cathey). Attached to The Genesis of Lincoln (a film-within-a-film about a director attempting to adapt Cathey’s book, only to be derailed after he has an affair with his underage leading actress) was actor Doug Hutchison, who had, himself, recently married sixteen-year-old pop singer Courtney Stodden. Fearing that the public wouldn’t be able to distinguish the film’s character from his real-life persona, Hutchison asked O’Sullivan to make changes in the script. When O’Sullivan refused, Hutchison dropped out of the project.[18][19][20]

In February 2012, Lost Colony produced The Dress,[21] a film based on the stage play That Dress, written by Steve Strangio. It starred Castille Landon, James Mount, and Joe Sernio and was produced by Sandra Rayne Garcia.[22] The Dress premiered the following year at the Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Also in 2012, it was announced that Lost Colony was developing a big-screen adaptation of the novel The Wizard of Seattle,[23] written by multiple-time New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper. The following year, the company revealed plans for Sabrina's House,[24] a dramatic feature based on the true-life story of Sabrina Greenlee, a woman who overcame childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, and an attempt on her life which left her blind and facially disfigured,[25] to guide her son DeAndre Hopkins to a career in the NFL.[26]

In 2014, Lost Colony announced plans for the 1920s dramatic feature She Rain,[27] based on the novel by 29-time Emmy winning newsman Michael Cogdill.[28] In 2015, Lost Colony optioned Starborn, a big-screen adaptation of a Young-Adult fiction novel by S.C. Megale (author of the Marvelous Mercer children's book series).[29][30][31][32]

In 2016, Lost Colony and Vrai Moi formed ChuteVerks, a company devoted to the production and distribution of professional wrestling content. In August of that year, ChuteVerks announced that its first show—marketed under the Lucha Ilimitado brand—would take place October 12 from the Yakima Valley Sundome in Yakima, Washington. That show featured such wrestling stars as Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy, El Hijo del Santo, El Santo Jr., MVP, Juventud Guerrera, Psicosis, Jeff Cobb, Rey Fenix, Jonathan Gresham, Sonjay Dutt, Su Yung, and more. It was shot as a feature-length motion picture entitled "Lucha Ilimitado vs The State of Washington" and released on DVD and VOD on July 28, 2017.

Television[edit]

In 2014, Lost Colony—in association with Vrai Moi[33]—announced plans for an original dramatic series based on the childhood experiences of Gabriel Nunez (whose life as a young adult served as much of the basis for the HBO original series How to Make It in America).[34]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lost Colony Entertainment [us] - IMDb, IMDb
  2. ^ Richard O'Sullivan - IMDb, IMDb
  3. ^ One Night With You - IMDb, IMDb
  4. ^ "Rosenfelt to team with Kozma for romantic comedy", IMDb, November 3, 2009.
  5. ^ "Lohan to Play Herself in Dating Comedy", IMDb, November 19, 2009.
  6. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Lindsay Lohan’s Movie Roles ‘Holding’ Until Probation Hearing", Radar Online, September 29, 2010.
  7. ^ Taylor Swift May Replace Lindsay Lohan as star of romantic comedy ‘One Night With You’, New York Daily News, September 27, 2010.
  8. ^ "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Hollywood Producer Wants ‘One Night With Taylor & Lindsay", Radar Online, October 10, 2010.
  9. ^ Taylor Swift Not Set To Replace Lindsay Lohan in ‘One Night With You’, MTV News, September 27, 2010.
  10. ^ Lindsay Lohan Not Out of Porn Star Biz Yet, E! Online, September 29, 2010.
  11. ^ Rumor Control: Penn Badgley Is Not Starring Alongside Taylor Swift, Lindsay Lohan in ‘One Night With You’, MTV Hollywood Crush, March 9, 2011.
  12. ^ "Lohan Victim of ‘Double Standard,’ Says Producer Who Compares Her to Charlie Sheen", Radar Online, October 30, 2010.
  13. ^ EXCLUSIVE: ‘We’re Screwed’ — Lindsay Lohan’s Comeback Producer Takes Aim At Prosecutor In Jewelry Heist Case, Radar Online, February 22, 2011.
  14. ^ Producer of Lindsay Lohan's comeback film worried, The Denver Post, February 23, 2011.
  15. ^ The Ballad of Jimmy Hallows - IMDb, IMDb
  16. ^ Sasha Grey Becomes Anti-Sex Christian, MoviesOnline, March 16, 2010.
  17. ^ Richard O’Sullivan Talks More About Sasha Grey Trading Porn for Purity In ‘Hallows’, MovieFone, March 16, 2010.
  18. ^ Doug Hutchison Pulls Out Of Film Over ‘Sexual Content’, The Huffington Post, November 29, 2011.
  19. ^ Teen Bride Courtney Stodden’s Husband Drops Out of Movie Because Of ‘Sexual Content’, Radar Online, November 28, 2011.
  20. ^ In Hypocritical News: Doug Hutchison Drops Out of Movie Because Of ‘Sexual Content’, Perez Hilton, November 29, 2011.
  21. ^ [1], 'The Dress' Official Trailer - YouTube
  22. ^ [2], Sandra Rayne Garcia - IMDb
  23. ^ The Wizard of Seattle - IMDb, IMDb
  24. ^ Untitled Sabrina Greenlee Project - IMDb, IMDb
  25. ^ Sabrina Greenlee, YouTube, September 20, 2013
  26. ^ NFL prospect DeAndre Hopkins steeled by tragedies, USA Today, April 15, 2013
  27. ^ She-Rain - IMDb, IMDb
  28. ^ 20 Questions with Michael Cogdill, Greenville Online, December 31, 2013
  29. ^ Assistance dog, 12-year-old make ‘Marvelous’ pair, USA Today, September 26, 2007
  30. ^ The Tale of the Dog, The Washington Post, October 22, 2007
  31. ^ Marvelous Mercer – NBC Today Show, YouTube, September 27, 2007
  32. ^ Eye To Eye: Shea Megale (CBS News), YouTube
  33. ^ [3], Vrai Moi Films
  34. ^ How To Make It In America Creator & Star Discuss HBO’s Hot New Show, Rock & Roll Ghost, February 18, 2010