Salma Hayek, the fiery star of Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Wild Wild West,” is in advanced negotiations to star with Jeff Goldblum in “Shiny New Enemies” for Bel Air Entertainment.
Tyro thesp Orlando Jones, meanwhile, is in final negotiations to join the cast. Steve Zahn was the first to come on board (Daily Variety, March 30).
Pontus Lowenheim and Patrick Von Krusenstjerna of the Swedish commercials collective Traktor will make their U.S. feature helming debut on the $20 million offbeat comedy. Bel Air will fully finance the pic, which Warner Bros. will distribute domestically.
Based on a screenplay by Bix Skahill, pic follows the life of a barber (Zahn) born under a bad sign who starts his day intending to commit suicide, then watches as things get worse. Hayek will play Sgt. Meredith Kolko, a centerfold turned top-notch detective who is assigned to the heist of the Shiny New Enemies, a batch of precious ancient coins that end up in the barber’s possession.
Goldblum, who serves on the competition jury of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, will tackle the role of Avnet, an unsavory sort hired to steal the coins. And Jones, who next stars in Barry Levinson’s “Liberty Heights” for Warner Bros., will play a drag queen, Miss Coco.
Tony Lord and Matt Weaver are producing. Traktor’s Richard Ulfvengren is exec producing along with Happy Walters and Chuck Block.
“Shiny New” begins production June 7 in Vancouver.
Hayek Cannes do
In addition to the upcoming “Wild Wild West,” Hayek appears in two films premiering at Cannes: Kevin Smith’s controversial entry “Dogma” and Arturo Ripstein’s “No One Writes to the Colonel,” a Spanish-lingo film which Hayek also produced under her Ventanarosa banner.
Hayek is repped by the William Morris Agency, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney Bill Sobel.
Goldblum, whose credits include “The Big Chill” and “Independence Day,” is repped by Endeavor and Industry Entertainment.
Jones, a former sitcom scribe-cum- thesp who recently sold the pitch “The Reverend Pimp Daddy” to Sony, also appears in Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming “Magnolia” for New Line. He is repped by the William Morris Agency, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney Cliff Gilbert-Lurie.