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Blade 3 Being Sharpened

The sequel to Blade hasnít even been released (itís set for March 2002), but New Line has already signed a two-picture deal with David Goyer that entails Goyer writing and producing Blade 3. Goyer wrote Blade, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, and its sequel, which filmed in Prague earlier this year with Wesley Snipes and Kris Kristofferson reprising their roles as vampire hunters for director Guillermo del Toro.

The New Line deal also involves Goyer both directing and writing a film. Goyerís directing debut, the urban drama Zig Zag, impressed New Line production president Toby Emmerich and executive vice president Lynn Harris so much that they didnít hesitate to agree to the deal.

"After Blade 3, I'm done writing for other directors," Goyer told Variety. "I've had enough frustrations over 10 years that I've realized, I can do it myself."

Goyer also has a deal at Miramax to adapt and direct a film based on the Neil Gaiman short story "Murder Mysteries," and an option to script and direct a film based on the Marvel Comics series Dr. Strange. Goyerís other project, the Dimension/Crystal Sky co-production Ghost Rider, also based on a Marvel Comics series, has been stalled. Nicolas Cage was set to star as the motorcycle stuntman who morphs into demonic biker due to a deal with the devil for director Steve Norrington, who also helmed the first Blade film. Then Norrington bailed for Columbiaís drama Tick-Tock, starring Jennifer Lopez (Samuel L. Jackson is currently negotiating to costar). A new director is being sought for Ghost Rider and Goyer hopes Cage will still be available when one is found.

Along with Blade 3, New Line is also prepping a third Austin Powers flick and Rush Hour 3 seems inevitable since Rush Hour 2 is heading toward the $200 million domestic gross mark.