Bassam Tariq Quits Director’s Chair Of ‘Blade’ Reboot

by Thomas Tuna

That shriek you just heard was Marvel’s Blade reboot being staked.

The much-anticipated (and much-delayed) remake of the 1998 Wesley Snipes-led film this week took a heavy body blow when director Bassam Tariq walked away from the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film was scheduled to start filming in Atlanta next month and continue until January 2023, but Tariq’s departure has thrown all plans into the garbage bin. It’s not even known if the projected release date of Nov. 3, 2023 is still in place.

Marvel Studios said in a statement that Tariq left the film “due to continued shifts in the production schedule, but will remain as executive producer. We appreciate his talent and all the work he’s done getting Blade to where it is.” Sure they do.

The reboot–written by Stacy Osei-Kuffour–stars Mahershala Ali in the title role, along with Delroy Lindo, Aaron Pierre and Milan Ray in undisclosed roles.

Blade–if it ever starts filming–is expected to follow Eric Cross–a half-human, half-vampire hybrid–who has “honed his abilities to hunt down the undead.” Blade has spent his long life “seeking to rid the world of vampires like the one who killed his mother.”

The Marvel Comics Blade character–created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan–debuted in The Tomb of Dracula No. 10 back in 1973.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on the continuing soap opera that is this Blade reboot.

 

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