Hopper a copper on ‘Job’

Kilmer in negotiations to play mobster

Dennis Hopper is attached to direct and star in “The Night Job,” a drama about an ex-con drawn back to the underworld by a crooked cop trying to nail a flamboyant mobster’s global art smuggling ring.

Hopper will play the cop. Val Kilmer is in early negotiations to play the mobster he’s targeting in New York City. A search is on for the young ex-con.

The film is a co-production between Danny Bigel and Michael Mailer’s Bigel/Mailer Films and Emmett/Furla Films. Mailer and Bigel will produce, while Randall Emmett and George Furla will exec produce. Mercy Santos, M. Dal Walton III and Bob Campbell are co-exec producing.

Drama was scripted by newcomer James O’Hanlon, a former Forbes magazine writer who crafted a gritty Gotham tale that hooked Hopper, whose directing credits range from “Easy Rider” to “Colors.”

The Gotham-based Bigel/Mailer has emerged as a producer of edgy fare with solid casts. The producers just started production on “Lost Junction,” a Peter Masterson-directed romantic comedy starring Neve Campbell, Billy Burke and Jake Busey. Bigel/Mailer just completed “Empire,” a drama about a South Bronx hustler scammed by Wall Street con artists, starring John Leguizamo, Peter Sarsgaard, Denise Richards, Sonia Braga and Isabella Rosellini. They’ve also completed the James Toback-directed “Harvard Man,” starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joey Lauren Adams, Adrian Grenier, Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Stoltz. Both films are now being shopped for domestic distribution.

Emmett/Furla just completed a 10-pic non-exclusive distribution/financing deal with Milennium Films. One of the films is “In God We Trust,” now shooting with Kilmer. When Emmett and Furla heard about Kilmer’s connection to “The Night Job,” they approached Bigel and Mailer and made the deal.