De Niro, Burns seconds away from ’15 Minutes’

Herzfeld to helm for New Line

Robert De Niro and Edward Burns are near a deal to star in the New Line Cinema thriller “15 Minutes.”

Pic, written and directed by “2 Days in the Valley” helmer John Herzfeld, is skedded for a late April shoot in New York and L.A.

Industry Entertainment co-founders Nick Wechsler and Keith Addis will produce the film with Herzfeld and David Blocker. It’s the first project to go through the three-year, first-look pact Industry signed with New Line last March.

De Niro, who made about $12 million for his role in MGM’s “Ronin,” will take a smaller upfront fee for “15 Minutes” on which he will shoot for just six weeks, insiders said. However, if the film performs well at the box office, backend bonuses could bring his total payday to roughly the same level.

New Line president and chief operating officer Michael De Luca described “15 Minutes” as a “high priority, fast-track project.” New Line exec VP of production Claire Rudnick Polstein will oversee the project along with De Luca.

In the pic, De Niro plays a famous homicide detective who teams with a fire department investigator (Burns) to solve a murder case.

De Niro, who has won two best acting Oscars, has been nominated six times.

Burns has written, directed, produced and starred in three films: “The Brothers McMullen,” “She’s the One” and “No Looking Back.” His supporting role in last summer’s “Saving Private Ryan” marked Burns’ first screen credit for a film he did not direct.