"Half Nelson" duo playing ball with HBO Films

Wed Dec 5, 2007 4:26am EST
 
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By Steven Zeitchik

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - HBO Films has snapped up distribution rights to "Sugar," a fish-out-of-water story about immigration and baseball from the duo behind the 2006 indie hit "Half Nelson."

Directed by Ryan Fleck from a script by Anna Boden, the picture will have its world premiere in competition next month at the Sundance Film Festival. HBO has yet to decide whether to debut the movie on the network or in theaters via theatrical label Picturehouse.

"Sugar" follows the fictional tale of Miguel "Sugar" Santos, a Dominican baseball prospect who is sent to play in a small Midwestern town after being scouted in his home country.

Fleck and Boden's Sundance 2005 hit "Half Nelson," the gritty story of a crack-addict teacher, earned star Ryan Gosling a best actor Oscar nomination. They two also are teaming for "Special Topics in Calamity Physics," a Miramax Films project about a high school girl and a secret society.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

 
<p>Director Ryan Fleck poses for photographers during a photocall for his film "Half Nelson" at the 32nd American film festival of Deauville, France September 6, 2006. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier</p>