‘Blade’ Reboot Scheduled To Start Shooting Next Summer

Marvel’s favorite vampire hunter is alive and well–but just taking his sweet time getting his act together.

The remake of 1998’s Blade starring Wesley Snipes has been on the drawing board now for quite some time, with very few tidbits bring dropped for hungry horror fans. But now, according to collider.com, producers have a star, a screenwriter and are actively seeking a director.

The reboot–currently entitled Bladethe Vampire Slayer–will star Mahershala Ali (an Oscar winner for 2016’s Moonlight and 2018’s Green Book) and will have a script by Stacy Osei-Kuffour, who has worked on the TV series Watchmen (2019) and Hunters (2020).

Details are very sketchy at this point, but reports have the start of production shoved back from this September to July 2022. This delay, according to sources, is to allow additional work on the screenplay.

The Marvel Comics character of Blade was born back in 1973, when writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan created him for their award-winning Tomb of Dracula No10. Blade–a human-vampire hybrid with superhuman strength and speed–has dedicated his life to ridding the world of all vampires. Unaffected by sunlight, he earned the nickname Daywalker.

The character has appeared on the Silver Screen in the original Blade–from director Stephen Norrington and screenwriter David S. Goyer–in Blade II (2002)–from director Guillermo del Toro and writer Goyer–and in BladeTrinity (2004)–directed and written by Goyer. A Blade TV series, starring Sticky Fingaz (Kirk Jones), ran for one season on Spike in 2006.

With so many questions still surrounding the Blade reboot, keep reading Horror News Network for the latest updates.

 

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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