The Daywalker apparently is taking a leisurely stroll on his way back to the big screen.
The Blade reboot that all horror fans have been clamoring for reportedly is “close” to getting in front of the camera. That bit of news comes from the vampire hunter’s mouth himself–Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, according to a report on comicbook.com.
Ali recently said he is “excited to get going” on the reboot of the classic Wesley Snipes vampire trilogy, and confirmed that production is right around the corner. “We’re getting there,” said. “We’re getting close.”
Little has been leaked so far about the film’s storyline, but rumors have it that an obscure Marvel Comics character may appear in the film. That character reportedly may be Blade’s daughter Ruby, based on the comics character of Fallon Grey.
As of now, reports have the new Blade landing in theaters sometime in 2023, despite what may have been an erroneous tweet last month that teased that the reboot would debut Oct. 7, 2022. That, however, now seems highly unlikely. But, as they say, stay tuned.
The film is directed by Bassam Tariq (Mogul Mowgli) from a screenplay by Stacy Osei-Kuffour (Watchmen). Tariq said he is “so honored to be working with someone as talented” as Ali. “Marvel takes big swings, and I’m just so excited for what we’re doing.”
The first Snipes Blade film was released in 1998–led by director Stephen Norrington and screenwriter David S. Goyer–and was followed by Blade II (from director Guillermo del Toro and Goyer) and Blade: Trinity (written and directed by Goyer).
The Marvel Comics character of the human/vampire hybrid known as Blade was created back in 1973, when writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan wanted to add to their supporting cast of the award-winning Tomb of Dracula.
Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on the progress of this Blade reboot.