Vampires can breathe a little easier this year.
The much-delayed remake of the 1998 Wesley Snipes-led horror feature Blade is running true to form. The Marvel thriller will not hit the big screen until Nov. 3, 2023, according to a report on Deadline.
The new Blade–which won’t even start shooting until this October–stars Oscar winner Mahershala Ali as the Daywalker, Delroy Lindo and Aaron Pierre. The film is directed by Bassam Tariq from a screenplay by Stacy Osei-Kuffour.
Plot details have been scarce, but the basic storyline is expected to follow Eric Cross Brooks–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.”
Snipes recently gave his stamp of approval to his successor in this demanding lead role. Ali, he said, will nail the part “because he’s a great actor, and he appreciates the craft–the art form of acting. I have great confidence in him.”
The Marvel Comics character of Blade–created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan–debuted in The Tomb of Dracula No. 10 way back in 1973.
Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on this Blade reboot.