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Kastner will create ‘Chaos’ as pic caroms to New Line

Figgis, Stewart to produce

Daphna Kastner has closed a deal with New Line Cinema to write and direct “Chaos,” an original script. Her film “Spanish Fly” opens this week in limited release from Avalanche, a co-venture of Lions Gate and Miramax.

Mike Figgis and Annie Stewart are attached to produce “Chaos.”

Dramedy concerns five very different characters in New York City who affect one another’s lives, although none of them knows the others.

Kastner pitched her idea to New Line prexy Michael De Luca, who brought it into the company; execs Donna Langley and Carolyn Manetti will oversee the project for the mini-major.

Kastner wrote, directed and stars in “Spanish Fly,” a sexy comedy shot in Madrid.

“We saw ‘Spanish Fly’ and loved it,” said Manetti. “We feel really excited that we are getting in on the ground floor of someone we feel is extremely talented and has a highly original take on material.”

Prior to “Fly,” Kastner co-wrote and co-starred in “Julia Has Two Lovers” with David Duchovny. She also co-wrote and directed “French Exit” for Cineville.

Acting credits include roles in Henry Jaglom’s “Eating” and “Venice/Venice.”

Kastner also appears in “Time Code 2000,” Figgis’ improvisational project set up at Sony Pictures and due in theaters next year.

Attorney Barry Hirsch of Armstrong, Hirsch, Jakoway, Tyerman and Wertheimer brokered Kastner’s deal.

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