Helmer-scribe also pacts with New Line for 'Whitebread'

Gary Hardwick will reteam with Focus Features on “Color of Justice,” which he will adapt from his own novel for Universal’s indie division.

He’s also made a deal with New Line Cinema to rewrite and direct “Whitebread,” a comedy the company picked up in turnaround from Disney.

Published by HarperCollins in 2001, “Color of Justice” is the story of a cop who becomes a lightning rod in a case where race is a key factor in uncovering the truth.

Matt Wall will produce the project, which is supervised by Focus execs Glenn Williamson and Joe Picharillo.

Focus will release Hardwick’s “Deliver Us From Eva” Feb. 7.

“Whitebread” concerns a wealthy white teen forced to join his grandfather’s blueblood fraternity, only to discover that the frat is now all black.

While Hardwick does not know which project he will direct next, he said “Whitebread” could go before the summer.

Eric Handler and John Herzfeld (“15 Minutes”) will produce “Whitebread” with Urban Entertainment execs Michael Jenkinson and Damon Lee (“Undercover Brother”).

Peter Cohen (“Whipped”) first set up “Whitebread” as a pitch at Disney. Cohen will now co-produce. New Line VP of production David Brewington oversees “Whitebread.”

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