One down–who’s next in line?
The Marvel Studio reboot of 1998’s Blade has taken a few body shots along the road, but the recent defection of director Bassam Tariq has hurt most of all. And it seems the ongoing search for his replacement will not be an easy one.
In fact, one potential candidate this week bowed out of the race. Michael Giacchino–who helmed the recent Werewolf by Night special on Disney+–said that, while he loves the Daywalker, he can’t commit to the project at this time.
Giacchino told comicbook.com that he thinks Blade is “an amazing character–one of my favorites–but I feel that it’s already in motion, and I’m in motion in other things. Timing-wise, it’s a little crazy.”
The director added that he wants the reboot “to be an awesome movie because the character deserves it in a huge way. But (for me), right now–no.”
Production on the new Blade is not expected to start in Atlanta until early next year, with an eye (as of this writing) on a theatrical release on Sept. 6, 2024.
Whenever cameras start rolling, Mahershala Ali is still expected to play the title role, alongside Delroy Lindo, Aaron Pierre and Milan Ray in unannounced roles. The screenplay is being handled by Stacy Osei-Kuffour.
The remake is expected to follow Eric Cross (aka Blade)–a half-human, half-vampire hybrid–who has spent his long life “seeking to rid the world of vampires like the one who killed his mother,” according to the logline.
The Marvel Comics Blade character–created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan–made his first appearance in The Tomb of Dracula No. 10 way back in 1973.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the next update on this reboot of Blade.