No one can say Marvel Studios doesn’t know how to conduct a thorough search.
After signing the lead and screenwriter for its long-delayed remake of 1998’s Blade, Marvel this week seems to have finally found someone to sit in the all-important director’s chair, according to a report on Deadline. The search–which began last fall–reportedly involved dozens of candidates.
The winner? Bassam Tariq, perhaps best known for helming and co-writing 2020’s Mogul Mowgli, the critically acclaimed film starring Riz Ahmed.
The Blade reboot–scheduled to start shooting next July–will star two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali and will be written by Stacy Osei-Kuffour, who has worked on the TV series Watchmen (2019) and Hunters (2020).
Further details on the new film–including a storyline and additional cast members–have been almost non-existent until now.
The Marvel Comics character of Blade was created back in 1973, when writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan wanted to flesh out the supporting cast of their award-winning Tomb of Dracula. Blade–a human-vampire hybrid with superhuman strength and speed who wants to rid the world of all bloodsuckers–first appeared in the tenth issue of that horror title.
The vampire hunter first appeared on the big screen in the original Blade–from director Stephen Norrington, screenwriter David S. Goyer and star Wesley Snipes. He returned in 2002’s Blade II–from director Guillermo del Toro and writer Goyer–and in 2004’s Blade: Trinity–written and directed by Goyer.
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