After three opus on the big screen, the Blade saga offers a rereading this time at Marvel Studios. However, the film with Mahershala Ali had so far not found its director. It’s now done, according to Deadline.
It is a long-term project for the house of ideas. Several months after announcing the arrival of Mahershala Ali in his MCU, the firm would have finally found a director for its reboot of Blade according to Deadline. The American media explains that after hiring the American actor, the creatives of Marvel struggled for several months to find a filmmaker to put this new adventure into pictures. If nothing has been confirmed for the moment, the choice of the company of Kevin Feige would have fallen on Bassam Tariq. The Pakistani filmmaker has made a name for himself with Mogul Mowgli and Ghost of Sugar Land, respectively in 2021 and 2020.
As for the writers, it is Stacy Osei-Kuffour who should stick to it. After working on Watchmen and Solos, the American will therefore adapt comics from the house of ideas to transpose them to the screen. On the other hand, we do not know for the moment which path she decided to take and which plot of the paper character she was interested in. It will take patience because the feature film does not yet have a defined release window.
Un reboot ?
This is not the first time that Blade invades dark rooms. Even before Marvel flooded our cinemas with its super-productions, several directors had already taken an interest in the character born on glossy paper. Three opuses were released between 1998 and 2004. Respectively directed by Stephen Norrington, Guillermo del Toro and David S. Goyer, these feature films all featured Wesley Snipes as vampire hunter Eric Brooks aka Blade.
For those unfamiliar with the character from the comics, Blade first appeared in Tomb of Dracula in 1973. It was imagined by Marv Wolfman and designed by Gene Colan. A secondary character in his early days, he quickly established himself as a main protagonist in the tales of the House of Ideas. Born in Soho in Great Britain on October 24, 1929, he was – following an experiment on his mother – transformed into a Dhampire (who did not mutate into a nocturnal creature). He will then become a feared and relentless hunter.
A PG-13 movie?
As Deadpool, Blade is known for his raw language and borderline personality. We must therefore hope that this adaptation does not make any concessions and does not pass the universe to the shaker of the PG-13. Yes a sequel is planned to the adventures of the character played by Ryan Reynolds, since the takeover of 20th Century Fox by Disney, it is clear that the film is long overdue. So far, Disney seems to make a point of sticking to the guideline of content suitable for the youngest, hopefully this does not apply to its two projects in particular. However, we know that Blade will be integrated into the MCU since it was announced at the same time as the next productions of the house of ideas.