Banditas: According to Variety, Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz are in negotiations to star Banditas, budgeted at $30 million. It's being sold at Cannes by Besson's EuropaCorp.

Besson and Robert Mark Kamen penned the screenplay and have set directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Roenning for the pic.

The film, expected to start shooting in September in France and Mexico, is a comedy-Western that centers on two feisty bank robbers.

Hayek and Cruz first were offered roles in the pic last year.

Brian B.