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Salma’s ‘Sunset’ cruise

Pic deals with an unlikely friendship, thievery

A correction was made to this article on Aug. 8, 2003.

Salma Hayek is in negotiations to topline “After the Sunset” at New Line Cinema, opposite Pierce Brosnan.

“Sunset” story begins where most heist movies end, with the master thief (Brosnan) sailing off to the tropics after his last big haul. Soon, though, island life is boring him witless, and when his careerlong pursuer, an FBI agent, shows up to make sure the thief is really retired, an unlikely friendship and more thievery begins.

Script, by tyro Paul Zbyszewski, sold to the minimajor in June 2002; Craig Rosenberg has since rewritten it. John Stockwell (“Blue Crush”) is set to direct.

Firm Films’ topper Beau Flynn will produce “Sunset,” with Firm Films’ Tripp Vinson exec producing. Project is being overseen by New Line production execs Kent Alterman and Keith Goldberg.

Hayek received an Oscar nomination for best actress for her perf in Miramax Films’ “Frida” last year, and most recently starred in “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” for Miramax and Columbia Pictures, under the helm of Robert Rodriguez.

After appearing in “Sunset,” she will topline Robert Altman’s next pic, “Ultraviolet”; her own helming debut, “The Maldonado Miracle,” is set to bow on pay cabler Showtime this September.

Hayek is repped in the deal by the William Morris Agency.

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