All the best way again in 2019, Marvel Studios introduced that it was engaged on a brand new solo film for its well-known vampire hunter Blade, with Mahershala Ali moving into the shades as soon as inhabited by Wesley Snipes. Since then, it’s been a little bit of an ordeal attempting to get the film made. Now, because the movie’s began to construct out its solid, there’s been one other wrinkle to issues within the type of one other author.
As revealed by the Hollywood Reporter, Nic Pizzolatto was not too long ago introduced on board to punch up the unique script by Michael Starrbury forward of the movie’s Could begin date. Pizzolatto is finest identified for HBO’s anthology crime collection True Detective, which Ali starred within the third season again in 2017 and later earned an Emmy nomination for his efficiency. The author/director has primarily operated in TV, although he’s additionally written a handful of movies, together with the 2016 reboot of The Magnificent Seven. Blade marks the fifth film he’s written in his profession.
As beforehand acknowledged, the Blade film has had some high-profile shakeups behind the scenes since that preliminary 2019 announcement. Initially, Bassim Tariq was set to direct the film from a script by Watchmen’s Stacy Amma Osei-Kuffour, however manufacturing was put on pause following Tariq’s departure in October 2022 over alleged shifting schedules. Beau DeMayo (The Witcher) was introduced on to rewrite the script, and a month later, rewrite duties had been handed off to Starrbury as Lovecraft Nation’s Yann Demarge was introduced on to direct. Truthfully, the one factor that hasn’t been in flux by way of all this is that Ali actually desires to be Blade, and apparently guarantee it’s the very best model of itself.
At time of writing, Blade is predicted to launch on September 6, 2024.
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