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Helmer Bardawil: ‘Bandits’ queen

Pic follows 4 female prisoners who form a rock band

Musicvid helmer Nancy Bardawil will make her feature directorial debut with the rock ‘n’ roll drama “Bandits” for John Wells Prods., Gerber Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures.

A remake of Katja Von Garnier’s 1997 German hit of the same title, “Bandits” follows four female prisoners who form a rock band, escape and become an underground sensation as they run for the border.

It’s scripted by Susan Skoog (“Whatever”); Wells and Bill Gerber will produce. Kristin Harms, von Garnier and Laura McCorkindale serve as exec producers.

Pic is unrelated to the 2001 Barry Levinson-helmed film with the same title.

A multiple MTV Video Music Award nominee, Bardawil directed clips for Goo Goo Dolls, Hole, Bon Jovi and Sheryl Crow & Stevie Nicks. She also developed “The Young and the Undead” for Warners.

Projects from Wells Prods. include Warners’ “White Oleander,” slated for release this fall, and Neil Jordan’s “The Good Thief,” which will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in a midnight slot.

Wells also serves as an exec producer for Killer Films’ Mark Romanek’s “One Hour Photo,” Todd Haynes’ “Far From Heaven” and Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s “Party Monster.”

Gerber Pictures’ slate includes Andrew Fleming’s “Til Death Do Us Part” starring Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks, Jesse Vaughan’s “Juwanna Man” and Dennie Gordon’s “American Girl.”

The Gersh Agency and Warren Dern negotiated on behalf of Bardawil.