'Milk' duo in mix for 'Kool-Aid'


Fox Searchlight has picked up "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test," a project that reunites the "Milk" team of director Gus Van Sant and writer Dustin Lance Black.

Richard Gladstein and his Film Colony banner are attached to produce.

"Kool-Aid," based on a 1968 Tom Wolfe book, was first packaged last year after Gladstein, who had the rights, enlisted Van Sant and Black. The project was then hunting for a financier.

"Kool-Aid" is Wolfe's account of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" author Ken Kesey and a group dubbed the Merry Pranksters as they drive across the country in a DayGlo-painted school bus dubbed Furthur, reaching personal and collec- tive revelations through the use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs.

"Milk," which stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Emile Hirsch, already is generating advance awards buzz for its telling of California's first openly gay elected official, San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. Focus Features opens the film Nov. 26 in limited release. (partialdiff)