In 2023, Marvel’s vampire hunter will return to cinema no longer as Wesley Snipes, but as Mahershala Ali. However, the director of the reboot recently underlined the importance of the first Blade.
At Comic Con 2019, Marvel Studios revealed that a new Blade feature would be released with Mahershala Ali in the title role. But it wasn’t until two years later that a director has been announced at the head of the project: Bassam Tariq.
Interviewed by IndieWire for the promotion of his film Mogul Mowgli, the filmmaker took the opportunity to confide in this long awaited reboot by fans of the superhero played by Wesley Snipes three times (in 1998, 2002 and 2004). A new film written by Stacy Osei-Kuffour, the first black woman to be recruited to write an MCU film, and set to begin filming in July 2022.
“What’s exciting about the movie we’re making is that there wasn’t a canon for Blade, as we noticed while reading the comics and everything in between.“, assures Bassam Tariq before declaring:
The fact that he’s a daywalker is the only thing that’s been established, and you know, we can’t deny what Wesley Snipes did, he started it all. A black man created the world of superheroes we live in, that’s just the truth.
And the director added: “I am so honored to work with such talented people as Mahershala Ali and screenwriter Stacy Osei-Kuffour, I am so honored to work with real black heavyweights and black talent. It is truly an honor for me to be with them in this room, to listen and to learn as I build this film.“
Also at IndieWire, Mogul Mowgli star Riz Ahmed spoke about the perspective of the future performer of Blade: “Mahershala keeps texting me like ‘Dude, Bassam is out of this world. He’s a different type of guy.“
Actor and director therefore seem to get along perfectly and, above all, to respect each other. Which promises a great collaboration!
The trailer for the first Blade, which kicked off superhero movies as we know them today: