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Brandt’s ‘Sugar’ rush

Helmer tackling pic for WB

Writer-director Nicholas Brandt will helm the drama “Sugar Mountain” for Outlaw Prods. and Warner Bros.

Pic is based on a story by Clifford and Ellen Green, who will produce it with Outlaw principals Bobby Newmyer and Jeffrey Silver.

“Sugar” is about a troubled teenage boy committed to a mental institution in the 1960s. While there, he falls in love with another internee, a teenage girl who holds a secret.

Brandt and Bridget Blake-Wilson are rewriting the script by Elizabeth Anderson (“Three Wishes”).

The filmmakers want to get the script ready for casting this fall and are targeting a winter production start.

‘Kindred’ spirits

Brandt also is attached to direct the fantasy drama “Kindred” for producer Sigurjon Sighvatsson and his newly acquired banner, Palomar Pictures. “Kindred” is written by Brandt and Blake-Wilson from Octavia Butler’s novel.

Writer-producers the Greens produced “Three Wishes” with Gary Lucchesi for Savoy/Rysher. They are writing a miniseries, “The Thing,” for NBC. Their supernatural thriller “Bless the Child” begins shooting this summer for Paramount Pictures/Icon Entertainment under Chuck Russell’s helm, starring Kim Basinger.

Brandt made a name for himself as a musicvid director for Michael Jackson and Jewel. He has also helmed various commercials as well as the short film “A Real Doll.”

Brandt is repped by ICM’s David Unger, managers Gary Ungar and Julie Ruthenbeck and attorney Warren Dern.

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