Hayek to spread her wings on 'butterflies'
By JOHN DEMPSEY, JOHN HOPEWELL
Salma Hayek will exec produce and star in an original movie jointly
produced by MGM and Showtime, “In The Time Of The Butterflies.”
Showtime will get the world premiere of the pic, which sources say will be
budgeted at an unusually hefty $10 million. Both Showtime and MGM
declined to comment on the deal.
Script is based on Julia Alvarez’s novel of the same name. Book, which
was nominated for a National Book Circle award, used historical figures to
tell the harrowing story of three politically active sisters in Santo Domingo
who go underground during the 1950s to resist the bloody dictatorship of
Leonidas Trujillo. It’s essentially the story of the real-life Mirabal sisters,
who were known throughout the country as the butterflies.
Socially conscious pics
Director of “Butterflies” is Mariano Barroso, a helmer based in Spain.
He’ll shoot “Butterflies,” his first English-language movie, in Vera Cruz,
Mexico, starting in mid-September.
Pic is a continuation of Showtime’s strategy of commissioning movies with
socially conscious themes, often based on fact. These include “The Atlanta
Child Murders,” “Execution of Justice” (about the murder of San
Francisco Mayor George Mosconi and Harvey Milk by Dan White),
“Harlan County War” (about coal-miner strikes in Kentucky) and “Dirty
Pictures” (about the trial of a Cincinnati art-museum topper who exhibited
homoerotic photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe).