Marvel’s ‘Blade’ Finds New Director.
Being kept under wraps but sources say the new idea is for Blade to be a bit dark and gritty in tone, aside of Marvel fare, and the fondly-remembered Blade movies made in the early 2000s by New Line.
Blade from Marvel Studios is once more being unveiled, this time with a brand-new creative team.
The vampire action thriller will be directed by Yann Demange, who also directed the pilot for HBO's boundary-pushing horror series Lovecraft Country. Mahershala Ali will still star in the film.
Meanwhile, a brand-new script for the feature film has been hired from Michael Starrbury, who was nominated for an Emmy for writing an episode of Ava DuVernay's drama When They See Us.
After the project's original director, Bassam Tariq (Mogul Mowgli), died in September, the new team gets it back on track.The sudden end of the project, which was in pre-production and preparing to begin production in Atlanta in November, was the result of creative disagreements.
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Marvel paused for a more in-depth look underneath the hood rather than squeezing yet another director into a project that was clearly in need of revision. This necessitated revising the project's first draft, which had been successful during the screenwriting phase. Sources claim that Ali was personally involved in selecting the writer.
Sources say that the new intention is for Blade to be dark and gritty, falling on the edgier side of Marvel fare and possibly sharing shading with the fondly remembered New Line Blade films from the early 2000s.
Blade was created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan for the 1973 film The Tomb of Dracula No. The plan is to begin production in Atlanta in 2023, keeping the release date of September 6, 2024.10.He is a half-mortal, half-immortal vampire hunter seeking revenge on his mother, who was killed by a vampire while she was giving birth to him. Wesley Kills recently played the person in New Line's set of three.
Demange, a London-raised French director, began his career in television before transitioning into feature films with the dramatic thrillers '71 and White Boy Rick. Lovecraft Country, which tackled racial themes and featured a variety of horror scares while also providing a platform for stars Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett to ascend to stardom, set the dark and profound tone for the series. He is currently working on a HBO series adaptation of the groundbreaking horror film Scanners, which he will direct and executive produce.He is repped by CAA and Goodman Genow.