Nicola Peltz

Unwanted by film and abandoned by TV, a once-loved orphan seeks a home at Sundance

Unwanted by film and abandoned by TV, a once-loved orphan seeks a home at Sundance

For most Sundance premieres, this hermetic gathering in the Utah mountains is a first stop, the beginning of what filmmakers hope will be a long journey to theaters, streaming services, video on-demand platforms and, if stars really align, awards podiums.

“When the Streetlights Go On” is not most Sundance premieres.

Written by two upstart twentysomethings, the teenage-centered mystery began life more than five years ago as a buzzy movie script on Hollywood’s peer-approved Black List.

On Friday it will finally be seen for the first time — as a TV pilot hunting for a series order.

In what is surely one of the oddest paths to a Sundance...

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