Salma Hayek to Star in Adaptation of Marquez's "Noticia de un Secuestro"

Salma Hayek
is reportedly in talks to star in a big screen adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel Noticia de un Secuestro. Argentinian screenplay writer Aida Bortnick has confirmed that the Mexicana actress is the strongest candidate to star in the adaptation of the Nobel prize winning author's gripping, non-fiction account of the infamous 1990 kidnapping by members of Pablo Escobar's drug cartel of Maruja Pachon de Villamizar, a Colombian journalist married to prominent politician Alberto Villamizar, and his sister, Beatriz.

Says Botnick, "Salma's people told Epigmenio Ibarra
that she had just absolutely fallen in love with the story. They told me
that she is very excited and that she had really loved my adaptation of
Noticia de un Secuestro. So we are just looking for a male lead, we were thinking about Benicio del Toro for a major role but we don't know if he's interested since he just came off of making Che, and we're not sure if he wants to play another historical figure."

Epigmenio Ibarra has agreed to produce the film with her brother Pedro Pablo Ibarra directing. Filming is expected to begin next fall and take place over 12 weeks in various locations throughout Mexico and Colombia.