‘Glee’ Star Shopping Sci-Fi Series Starring Himself

By February 17, 2017
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Although the soprano sang his way into two Emmy nominations as Kurt Hummel in Fox’s Glee, Chris Colfer has focused a lot more on his writing since the show’s end.

And now he hopes to bring one of those writing projects to television … starring himself.

Sonar Entertainment, originally founded by longtime producers Robert Halmi Jr. and his father, the late Robert Halmi Sr., is working with Colfer to develop a science-fiction drama Indigo, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The project, which Colfer created as a starring vehicle for himself, explores the mysterious world of Indigo children – those who are misdiagnosed but wildly believed to possess extraordinary paranormal abilities – and the dark forces working to exploit their powers.

Colfer not only will write the pilot, but if Sonar decides to move forward with production, he could direct the premiere episode as well.

It would mark just the second time Colfer has written for television, beginning with a 2014 episode of Glee. His film writing debut, Struck by Lightning, starred not only himself, but Rebel Wilson and Allison Janney, and had a limited theatrical release in 2013.

Colfer spent six years on Glee as one of the openly gay members of the show choir at his fictional high school, and was recognized more than one by both the Emmys and the Golden Globes for his work. When Glee ended in 2015, he appeared in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, but focused more on his novel writing.

In fact, his The Land of Stories children’s series has been a regular on best-sellers lists, with his next book – Stranger Than Fanfiction – hitting bookstores next month.

Sonar, which also produces the Tom Hardy series Taboo for FX, is shopping Indigo around to the various networks, cable channels and content streamers, looking for a bite. If someone does indeed show interest, a pilot episode could go into production before the end of the year.

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