Original ‘Blade’ Actor Speaks Out On Long-Delayed Reboot

Stephen Dorff–the man who brought the villainous Deacon Frost to life in 1998’s Blade–recently had a few things to say about the much-anticipated and much-delayed remake.

Dorff–who played the main antagonist for Wesley Snipe’s Daywalker in the original vampire film–had high praise for the new star of the reboot, but stressed that choosing the right director is key to the success of the new film, according to a report on cinemablend.com.

The Blade reboot–expected to start shooting sometime next summer–will star two-time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali, and Dorff said the actor will be “incredible doing that, but you need strong writing and direction to help elevate that character. I don’t know what Marvel’s vision is for Blade, but I know that Mahershala is a hell of an actor, and that he’ll be great in the role.”

The writing aspect of the reboot seems to be in good hands with screenwriter Stacy Osei-Kuffour (Watchmen), but selecting the right director has apparently been a tougher decision. The selection process is reportedly underway, and Dorff said the new movie will need a special talent behind the cameras.

“What made Blade so special was the director, Stephen Norrington, and I don’t think either of the sequels were as effective,” Dorff said. “They didn’t have what Norrington brought to the material.”

Dorff added that he feels the original Blade was “ahead of its time in a major way. I think it set the bar for the type of comic book movies we see today.” What Blade had, Dorff said, was a “clear directorial vision–Blade is a one-note character by design. He shows up, looks cool and kicks ass.”

The 1998 Blade–directed by Norrington from a screenplay by David S. Goyer–earned $131 million at the box office on a $45-million budget, and spawned two sequels and a 2006 Spike TV series.

The Marvel Comics character of Blade was created back in 1973 by writer Marv Wolfman and artists Gene Colan and Tom Palmer for the award-winning Tomb of Dracula. Blade–a human-vampire hybrid with supernatural strength and speed–dedicated himself to ridding the world of vampires. Unaffected by sunlight, he earned the monicker Daywalker.

Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on the reboot of Blade.

 

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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