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Hewitt in talks to topline WB project

Studio puts their 'Trust' in thesp

Jennifer Love Hewitt is in negotiations to star and co-produce “Trust Me,” a long-gestating Warner Bros. script from Mitchell Kapner, who penned the upcoming Bruce Willis starrer “The Whole Nine Yards,” and “Father’s Day.”

Hewitt would topline, and her Sony-based Love Spell Entertainment would co-produce, along with Warner Bros.-based Outlaw Prods., Bill Todman and Joel Simon.

Insiders say that a $3 million pay-or-play offer has been made to Hewitt; a spokeswoman for Hewitt declined to confirm or deny that figure. Pic will be co-financed by Elie Samaha’s Franchise Pictures, with script going out to helmers next week.

“Trust Me” follows an undercover junior level FBI agent-trainee who winds up kidnapped by a mob contract killer. Subsequently, the kidnapper begins to fall for the in-over-her-head Hewitt, and releases her — only to find that it’s he who now has the price on his head for the transgression of mob ethics.

“Trust Me” would be one of several Hewitt projects that could be lensed during her hiatus from primetime series “Time of Your Life,” the youth-oriented dramatic skein which has bowed to disappointing ratings on Fox.

Hewitt is also attached to Sony’s “The Girl in the Curl,” though the hiatus lensing of that project will be contingent on the arrival of a rewritten script for “Curl.”

Hewitt is repped by the William Morris Agency and by attorney Bob Wallerstein at Armstrong Hirsch; Kapner is repped by Bayard Maybank at Hohman, Maybank, Lieb.