If the much-delayed Blade remake ever gets to theaters, it sounds like it’ll be intense.
The Marvel Studios take on the original 1998 Wesley Snipes-led feature reportedly is stuck in pre-production–partly because of the recently settled writers’ strike and the ongoing actors’ strike. But this highly anticipated film has stumbled several times at the starting line, so stay tuned.
Currently slated for a Feb. 14, 2025 release date, the new Blade is led by director Yann Demange and screenwriter Nic Pizzolatto, and stars Mahershala Ali as the Daywalker–along with Mia Goth, Delroy Lindo, Aaron Pierre and Milan Ray.
And Demange this week opened up a bit about the film and its star. The filmmaker told Deadline that the film has already been rated R, “which is so important. We are going to have fun because Mahershala is such a deep actor. I’m excited to show the ruthlessness and roughness he has–that allows him to walk the Earth in a particular way.”
Demange added that Ali has “a dignity and integrity, but there’s also a ferocity there that he usually keeps under the surface. I want to unleash that and put it on the screen.”
In the reboot, Eric Cross (aka Blade)–a half-human, half-vampire hybrid–reportedly will continue his crusade “to rid the world of vampires like the one who killed his mother.”
The Marvel Comic Blade character–created by writer Marv Wolfman and artists Gene Colan and Tom Palmer–made his debut in the award-winning The Tomb of Dracula No. 10 way back in 1973.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the next update on this Blade remake.