Thesp to produce; Sommers may helm

Jennifer Love Hewitt is set to topline MGM’s “Bunny,” a spy comedy based on a Harvey comic from the 1960s.

Hewitt will play a young woman who simultaneously attends college and goes on far-flung James Bond-esque spy missions. She’ll also produce the pic via her LoveSpell Entertainment banner, which has a deal with Sony.

Sid Ganis, a producer on “Big Daddy,” will also be a producer on “Bunny.”

Stephen Sommers, who helmed “The Mummy,” is in talks to direct.

Pic is the first project developed by Harvey Entertainment since new management took over May 1. Harvey prexy Rick Mischel will also serve as a producer.

Mischel describes the pic as “a female ‘Get Smart’ in college.”

“Bunny” is the latest on the list of Hewitt endeavors. Aside from ongoing work on the Fox TV drama “Time of Your Life,” she’s in talks to star and co-produce “Trust Me” (Daily Variety, Nov. 11) at Warner Bros. Hewitt is also attached to Sony’s “The Girl in the Curl.”

Hewitt is repped by the William Morris Agency and by attorney Bob Wallerstein at Armstrong Hirsch.

In other MGM development news, execs say CAA has offered a potent package for “Basic Instinct 2″ that would have Michael Douglas and Demi Moore starring and Paul Verhoeven directing. Other than confirming that Sharon Stone is out of the picture (Daily Variety, Oct. 18), the studio hasn’t made a final decision on key talent.

The Lion also confirmed Antonio Banderas will star opposite Angelina Jolie in “Dancing in the Dark.” Michael Cristofer (“Body Shots”) will direct. He guided Jolie in the acclaimed made-for “Gia.”

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