Wesley Snipes holding a dagger behind his back in a scene from the film 'Blade', 1999. (Photo by Amen Ra Films/Getty Images)
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Marvel's Blade Movie Taps Yann Demange To Direct, Michael Starrbury Writing New Script
Yann Demange, whose directing credits include "Lovecraft Country" and "White Boy Rick," is now directing “Blade,” replacing Bassam Tariq, who stepped down in September 2022. Michael Starrbury, whose writing credits include "Colin in Black & White" and the masterful 4th episode of "When They See Us," is also set to pen a new script for the film.
The film went on pause in October 2022, as it searched for a new director; a /Film source indicates that star Mahershala Ali has been directly involved in shaping the film as it has continued to evolve. The Hollywood Reporter says that the new script is likely to take a darker, edgier direction and may be reminiscent of Wesley Snipes' R-rated "Blade" films.
The vampire-hunter character may be most remembered thanks to Snipes' portrayal, but Blade has been in Marvel comics since the 1970s, debuting in "The Tomb of Dracula" before appearing in his own comic arcs over the years. The Hollywood Reporter says that "Blade" still plans to make its current release date of September 6, 2024.