Stick a fork (or stake) in him–he’s done. Until 2024. For now.
Production on the seemingly cursed Marvel Blade reboot has been shut down, as the studio continues its search for a new director, according to a report on Deadline. The new release date for the film has been penciled in for Sept. 6, 2024.
It was two long weeks ago that Bassam Tariq bolted from the director’s chair on the project, but word at that time had the actors preparing to get in front of cameras in November–still aiming for a Nov. 3, 2023 release date. Forget all that now.
Crew members in Atlanta were told this week to stop production and not plan to resume until early 2023. And that’s probably the best-case scenario at this point.
The remake of the 1998 Wesley Snipes-led Blade has been plagued by delays for the longest time now. Whenever cameras start to roll in earnest, Mahershala Ali is still expected to step into the title role, alongside Delroy Lindo, Aaron Pierre and Milan Ray.
The film–written by Stacy Osei-Kuffour–is expected to follow Eric Cross (aka Blade)–a half-human, half-vampire hybrid known as the Daywalker–who has “honed his abilities to hunt down the undead,” according to the logline. Blade has spent his long life “seeking to rid the world of vampires like the one who killed his mother.”
The Marvel Comics Blade character–created by the legendary writer-artist team of Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan–debuted in The Tomb of Dracula No. 10 way back in 1973.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the next update in the continuing tragi-comedy known as the remake of Blade.