Santa Monica-based Lightning Entertainment has added international rights to two romantic comedies heading into Cannes.
The company will show footage from Coach, a coming-of-age story starring Hugh Dancy, and Taking Chances, starring Justin Long.
Coach centres on a trust fund kid who finds love and maturity when he begins to coach a youth football team. It is the directorial debut from Will Frears, with a screenplay written by Jason Pugatch. Liane Balaban, Mamie Gummer and David Zayas also star.
Lemore Syvan, Jamie Gordon and Courtney Potts are producing the project, which is in post-production. Alison Palmer, Michael Roban and Damon Martin serve as executive producers.
Taking Chances sees Long playing as a young man who teams up with a wild girl to oppose the construction of a Native American casino in his home town.
Emmanuelle Chriqui also stars in the film, which will get its market debut screening. Talmage Cooley directed from a script by Annie Nocenti, with Larry Furlong, Lori Christopher, Michael Aguilar, Kyle Dean Jackson and David Guy Levy serving as producers.
Richard Guardian, co-president of Lightening Entertainment, said: “It’s no secret that broad commercial comedies have been a recipe for box office success in 2009 and all signs indicate that this trend will continue through the recession and beyond.