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Hirschbiegel may take on next ‘Blade’

'Experiment' helmer eyeing number of projects

BERLIN — “The Experiment” director Oliver Hirschbiegel is in talks with writer-producer David Goyer to helm the third installment in the “Blade” franchise.

Speaking at the Filmfest Muenchen, Hirschbiegel said he would be thrilled to lens the comicbook pic, but added that no deal had yet been inked.

Hirschbiegel has been reviewing a number of offers from Hollywood following the international success of “The Experiment,” a psychological thriller about a study group recruited to live as prisoners and guards.

The helmer was at the Munich festival to present his current project, “Mein letzter Film,” which was initially made for German pubcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk. Pic now looks set to get picked up by arthouse distrib Arsenal for a domestic theatrical release.

“Blade 2,” starring Wesley Snipes as the preternatural vampire killer, has made $125 million worldwide.

Meanwhile, the Filmfest Muenchen wrapped Saturday with new awards to local films “Sophiiiie!” and “Scherbentanz.”

The main prizes for the Made in Germany sidebar, the Foerderpreise Deutsche Filme allot a total of €80,000 ($79,000) for best director, actor and screenplay categories.

Michael Hofmann and Katharina Schuettler picked up best director and actress kudos for “Sophiiiie!,” about a young woman coming to terms with an unwanted pregnancy.

Chris Kraus, who wrote and directed “Scherbentanz,” took the best screenplay plaudit for his story of a man suffering from leukemia who nevertheless refuses a potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant from his mother, who once tried to kill him and his brother.

Award sponsors HypoVereinsbank, Bavaria Film and Bayerischer Rundfunk expanded the awards this year to include actor and screenplay prizes for the first time.

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