Salma Hayek Pinault visits “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” at Rockefeller Center on October 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo/Getty Images)

Salma Hayek to produce new remake of “The Cisco Kid”

She made America Ferrera a star in the hit comedy “Ugly Betty” and now it looks like Salma Hayek may do the same for another up and coming actor soon with the news that she’ll be producing a new series based on the iconic Latino character Cisco.

According to, Hayek is set to produce a “modern day re-retelling” of “The Cisco Kid” for CBS in conjunction with her production company, Ventanarosa.

The original character of Cisco – who was a fixture in author O. Henry’s 1907 tale “The Caballero’s Way” – was a central part in movies throughout Hollywood’s silent film era and was the subject of a long-running syndicated television series from 1950-56.

The most recent remake of the role was in a made-for-TV movie in 1994, starring Jimmy Smits as Cisco and Cheech Marin as his trusted sidekick, Pancho.

In Hayek’s remake – which will be penned by screen writer Diego Gutierrez (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “The Shield”) – Cisco is an army veteran who partners up with his best friend, Sam to solve a murder case which has Los Angeles police baffled.

Hayek, who is currently starring in “Here Comes the Boom,” is a long-time film and television producer behind television credits like the Showtime film “The Maldonado Miracle” and of course, “Ugly Betty,” which earned a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series.

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