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Catch 23, Hayek take ‘Law’ into their hands

Comedy based on pessimistic theory

Catch 23 Prods. has made a deal to develop “Murphy’s Law” as a starring and producing vehicle for Salma Hayek and her Ventanarosa Prods. banner.

Comedy is based on an idea by Hayek’s brother, Sami, and the actress will play the ethereal character Murphy, who personifies the theory that if something can go wrong, it will, and at the worst possible moment. She falls in love with a successful magician, whose life she has destroyed just by doing her job.

Hayek will produce with Catch 23 chairman Robert Sturm and prexy Jeremy Barber. Jose Tamez of Ventanarosa will co-produce.

Hayek’s Ventanarosa made its producing debut on the Showtime pic “In the Time of the Butterflies,” and a Ventanarosa project will be seen on the bigscreen for the first time with “Frida,” the Frida Kahlo biopic that has been the actress’s passion project for years. Julie Taymor directs a cast that includes Hayek, Alfred Molina, Ashley Judd and Edward Norton. Miramax will release the film Oct. 11.

Hayek, who’s repped by WMA and TEG, is also starring with Antonio Banderas in the Robert Rodriguez-directed “Once Upon a Time in Mexico.”

“We first met Salma when she was setting up ‘Frida’ and were taken by her passion as a producer,” Catch 23’s Barber said. “We were glad to be the home for this project. We’ll get a writer quickly and get going right away.”