HBO To Handle Fleck’s Sugar

HBO Films is set to finance and distribute “Sugar,” Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s follow-up to their 2006 indie hit “Half Nelson” says The Hollywood Reporter.

“Sugar” is described as a fish-out-of-water story about immigration and baseball. The fictional tale follows 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 is directing the movie based on Boden’s screenplay. The two also are teaming for “Special Topics in Calamity Physics,” a Scott Rudin project about a high school girl and a secret society that has been set up at Miramax.

The feature will have its world premiere in competition next month at the Sundance Film Festival. HBO has yet to make a decision on whether to debut the movie on the network or in theaters via theatrical label Picturehouse.