Mahershala Ali’s Blade is currently in the works.
It’s been over three years since Marvel Studios announced it would make a new film. The award-winning Ali stars as fan-favorite half-human, half-vampire hero.
The studio had originally scheduled the film to shoot this fall. However, original director Bassam Tariq dropped out of the project in September, several months before the film was due to go into production.
EW recently reported that the production has found a new director – Lovecraft Country’s Yann Demange.
Demange is best known for directing thriller films such as ’71 and White Boy Rick. And he recently directed his Lovecraft Country pilot for HBO. It featured Jurnee Smollett and Jonathan Majors.
In addition, Demange plays the role of the executive director of the show.
After Tariq left the production, Marvel halted production of Blade. Instead, the studio focused on getting the story as right as possible and finding the best collaborators for the filmmakers.
Finally, the studio has landed its newest director on Demange. The filmmaker will direct a new script by Michael Starrbury.
Notably, Starrbury received an Emmy nomination for his contribution to When They See Us by Ava DuVernay.
The film’s production is set to begin in Atlanta next year. And Blade is expected to hit theaters on September 6, 2024.
Plan All Along
The studio originally planned to release Blade in 2023, positioning it as one of Marvel’s Phase 5 steps. However, future developments will determine whether Blade continues to fall into the Phase 5 film category. Therefore, details regarding the new release date are not yet known.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe sometimes dives deep into the horror genre, specifically with this year’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Werewolf by Night.
However, the most recent film is reportedly darker and eerier than what Marvel previously offered. As a result, fans will see Ali make his onscreen debut as the titular character.
But the MCU already heard his voice. In one of the end credits for Eternals, he talks to Kit Harington’s Dane Whitman.
Marvel Comics made the fictional character Blade. Marv Wolfman and penciler Gene Colan served as his creators.
The character initially appeared in the comic book The Tomb of Dracula #10 (1973) as a supporting character. Later, he starred in his own storylines.
Blade uses his one-of-a-kind physiology to be the greatest vampire hunter. Although the studio originally portrayed him as a human immune to the bites of vampires, the adaptations later introduced Blade as a dhampir. This came after he was adapted in Spider-Man: The Animated Series and Blade film series.
Moreover, he is the father of Fallon Grey.
In the movies Blade, Blade II, and Blade: Trinity, Wesley Snipes played the character, while Sticky Fingas portrayed the character in Blade: The Series. Furthermore, J.D. Hall voiced the character in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, and Terry Crews in Ultimate Spider-Man and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.