Capitol paints ‘Violet’

Hayek, Franco join Altman art movie

After probing the intense world of ballet in “The Company,” Robert Altman will dissect the back-stabbing Gotham art scene in his next movie “Ultraviolet,” which will star Salma Hayek and James Franco.

The $16 million pic will be Hayek’s first role since her Oscar-nominated turn in “Frida.” It’s set to shoot in September, financed by London-based Capitol Films.

This marks the third successive collaboration between Altman and Capitol, following “Gosford Park” and “The Company.” That’s believed to be some kind of record in the peripatetic career of the 78-year-old helmer.

“Ultraviolet,” scripted by Jeffrey Lewis, was in development at Focus Features, but Focus is no longer involved with the project.

“The Company,” which also stars Franco alongside Neve Campbell, is being readied for a December release in the U.S. through Sony Pictures Classics. The producers are hoping for a world premiere at the Toronto fest in September, just a short hop from Chicago where the movie is set.

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