‘Blair’ pair to helm ‘Love’

Directors tackling comedy

SYDNEY — In Australia to promote the Thursday bow of micro-budget horror hit “The Blair Witch Project,” the film’s co-directors, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, confirmed their next film will be a comedy called “Heart of Love,” which they described as “Monty Python” meets “Airplane.”

“It’s the film we probably would have done first if we’d had the money,” Myrick said. “We don’t want to be pigeonholed as horror directors because it’s not our forte.

“The next film will be no ‘Blair Witch,’ which was a once in a lifetime thing,” said Myrick, adding the pair is bracing for the “sophomore bomb, when people will say our careers are over.”

But they won’t be escaping the ‘Witch’ anytime soon, even though they won’t direct the sequel.

“There’s definitely going to be a sequel, and we have a first-look deal with Artisan, who have prequel and sequel rights,” said Myrick, adding “We’re slated to do the third ‘Blair Witch’ film if there is a third.”

“Blair Witch,” which is expected to gross more than $8 million in Oz, will be crucial in repairing the financial health of local distrib Becker, whose finances were hard hit last year by a run of flops and the Asian economic collapse.

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