Marvel Lands Director For ‘Blade’ Reboot–Finally!

No one can say Marvel Studios doesn’t know how to conduct a thorough search.

After signing the lead and screenwriter for its long-delayed remake of 1998’s Blade, Marvel this week seems to have finally found someone to sit in the all-important director’s chair, according to a report on Deadline. The search–which began last fall–reportedly involved dozens of candidates.

The winner? Bassam Tariq, perhaps best known for helming and co-writing 2020’s Mogul Mowgli, the critically acclaimed film starring Riz Ahmed.

The Blade reboot–scheduled to start shooting next July–will star two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali and will be written by Stacy Osei-Kuffour, who has worked on the TV series Watchmen (2019) and Hunters (2020).

Further details on the new film–including a storyline and additional cast members–have been almost non-existent until now.

The Marvel Comics character of Blade was created back in 1973, when writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan wanted to flesh out the supporting cast of their award-winning Tomb of Dracula. Blade–a human-vampire hybrid with superhuman strength and speed who wants to rid the world of all bloodsuckers–first appeared in the tenth issue of that horror title.

The vampire hunter first appeared on the big screen in the original Blade–from director Stephen Norrington, screenwriter David S. Goyer and star Wesley Snipes. He returned in 2002’s Blade II–from director Guillermo del Toro and writer Goyer–and in 2004’s BladeTrinity–written and directed by Goyer.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the next update on the Blade reboot.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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