Blade has discovered its director. Marvel Studios is reportedly in talks with Bassam Tariq to helm the Mahershala Ali-led Marvel Cinematic Universe reboot of the enduring vampire hunter. The 34-year-old American director is finest recognized for directing Mogul Mowgli starring Riz Ahmed. Like Ahmed, Tariq additionally has Pakistani ancestry — in contrast to Ahmed, Tariq was born in Karachi earlier than transferring to the US at a younger age. On Blade, Tariq will work off a screenplay being written by Stacy Amma Osei-Kuffour, who has labored on Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen, Amazon’s Hunters, and HBO’s Run.

Deadline brings phrase of Tariq’s hiring as Blade director, noting that it was his imaginative and prescient for the MCU undertaking that “ultimately won all parties over”. Marvel Studios started trying for a writer-director in autumn final yr, the report claims, earlier than switching to a technique of a separate director and author. Osei-Kuffour was employed in February. Post that, Marvel Studios narrowed its listing of administrators for Blade, Deadline provides, with conferences and shows occurring from March by way of June. With a star, author, and director in place, Blade will now gear up for the subsequent part.

Marvel’s Phase Four — Everything We Know

Filming is not anticipated to being till July 2022 although, in accordance with an earlier report. And it isn’t like Marvel is in any rush, since Blade is not a part of MCU’s Phase Four. Moreover, its movie schedule is packed tight anyhow till 2023. For the remainder of this yr, it has its first Asian lead in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (September 3), Eternals from Oscar-winning Chloé Zhao (November 5), and the multiverse-spanning threequel Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17). For these of us in India, there’s additionally Black Widow (out elsewhere however “coming soon” to Disney+ Hotstar).

In 2022, now we have 4 extra Marvel motion pictures. There’s Doctor Strange within the Multiverse of Madness (March 25), the return of Natalie Portman alongside Guardians of the Galaxy in Thor: Love and Thunder (May 6), Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (July 8), and Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau, and Iman Vellani’s Ms. Marvel in The Marvels (November 11). Two movies have been dated for 2023 in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (February 17), and James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 5).

While Blade is new to the MCU, this would not be the primary tackle the character. Wesley Snipes performed the dhampir in a trilogy of live-action motion pictures for New Line Cinema: 1998’s Blade, 2002’s Blade II, and 2004’s Blade: Trinity. The rights to Blade reverted to Marvel Studios by August 2012, and although discussions came about with Snipes to reprise his character, they had been finally scrapped because the powers that-be needed him to combine into the MCU. The Blade reboot was introduced on the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, making Ali one of some actors to play two completely different characters within the MCU.

Marvel has but to set a launch date for Blade.


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