BLADE: Rumored Update On The Movie's Villain As Wesley Snipes Weighs In On Latest Production Update

BLADE: Rumored Update On The Movie's Villain As Wesley Snipes Weighs In On Latest Production Update

With Blade facing yet another setback with the departure of filmmaker Yann Demange, we have some rumoured updates on the story, a positive production update, and Wesley Snipe's take on the matter...

By JoshWilding - Jun 16, 2024 05:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Blade

Having been through multiple writers and now at least two directors, there's understandably a lot of concern among fans about whether Marvel Studios' Blade reboot will ever see the light of day.

The movie was first announced in 2019 at the end of a splashy Hall H panel which saw Kevin Feige introduce Mahershala Ali as the MCU's new Daywalker. However, doing so without a script or creative team in place might not have been the smartest idea in hindsight!

Regardless, five years have passed since we first learned of plans for Blade and much is being said about where things stand with the movie. 

Now, the latest person to wade into the discussion is the original big screen Daywalker himself, Wesley Snipes...

Scooper @MyTimeToShineH has also shared a possible update on Blade, saying that it remains on track (even without a director) but Ali is getting close to wiping his hands with the role and leaving the project altogether. 

We're not entirely convinced that's the case when filmmaker Yann Demange reportedly left the movie because Ali supposedly didn't view him as the right man for the job. Still, it would be easy to understand if he's growing frustrated.

The leaker also claims Dracula was in the latest draft of Michael Green's script, with the idea being for it to set up Midnight Suns

On a slightly more positive note, Variety has shared an update on where things stand with Blade in a piece recapping its rocky road to becoming a reality. 

"Meanwhile, veteran Marvel scribe Eric Pearson ('The Fantastic Four,' 'Black Widow,' 'Thor: Ragnarok') signed on to write the script, making him at least the sixth writer to tackle the screenplay, including 'X-Men '97' head writer Beau DeMayo. Hiring Pearson — seen internally as a closer who can bring scripts over the finish line — could be the most promising sign yet that 'Blade' will, finally, have his day in the sun."

With Comic-Con and D23 fast approaching, we're optimistic that Marvel Studios will share an updated slate reveal and hopefully set the record straight on Blade with an official update.

Needless to say, it's looking increasingly unlikely that Blade will meet its planned November 7, 2025 release date.

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DocSpock - 6/16/2024, 5:24 AM

It will be interesting seeing blade with old man vampire denture fangs.

UniqNo - 6/16/2024, 5:38 AM
@DocSpock - haha, c'mon bro, if we can have a super soldier with a robot arm, we can have gramps blade with a vamp grill!

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DocSpock - 6/16/2024, 6:33 AM
@UniqNo -

I just wanna see Ali and Sam Jackson chasing vampires in a beat up pickup with the Sandford and Son music playing in the background.
Deadinside - 6/17/2024, 11:03 AM
@DocSpock - Okay, but who would play Grady...?
You know, you have to have Aunt Esther!
She would grab her Bible & go after those demons with the POWER OF JESUS...HALLELUJAH...!☮️😁
DocSpock - 6/17/2024, 11:30 AM
@Deadinside -

Man, I would be there watching that FIRST DAY!!

ObserverIO - 6/16/2024, 5:37 AM
Some mother[frick]ers are always trying to ride snowmobiles uphill.

Snipes IS the secret sauce. There's no beating Snipes' Blade. Can't wait to see him as the Daywalker again.
UniqNo - 6/16/2024, 6:07 AM
@ObserverIO - It they're going to include some multiversal stuff it would be cool to see Ali and Snipes have a scene together with some well written dialogue but as old as they both are.... (not saying Snipes can't throw down) I don't want to be reminded of those awful fights with Sam Jackson in Captain Marvel where he was suppose to be acting younger.
ObserverIO - 6/16/2024, 7:40 AM
@UniqNo - They were pretty bad. Reminded me of The Irishman. Actors move differently when they get older.

The recent Indy movie did work and so did the Luke Skywalker stuff in Mando/Boba Fett, but I think they used younger doubles in both cases.

See if it were just 70 year old Sam Jackson in an action scene it wouldn't have looked so wrong, because we'd know he was older, but the way they did it just looked off.
The1st - 6/17/2024, 8:53 AM
@ObserverIO - Lol, yes I saw what he did there too. I'm not sure why they don't hire any of the guy(s) from 1st 2 films at this point. Like what is the formula they're going for? Maybe Snipes needs a producer credit. Maybe he moves better than Ali in 10 years when this film finally gets made lol.
WarMonkey - 6/16/2024, 6:35 AM
Below this tweet on Wesley's page he also left a link to an article, which I'm surprised isn't in this article since it's much better information.

From the article he posted...
"It’s so far been kept under wraps whether or not Wesley Snipes would be one of these actors. According to Daniel Richtman, however, the insider claims that Wesley Snipes will be reprising his half-human, half-vampire role in the MCU and that he’s “already signed to do some stuff there.”
TheMetaMan - 6/16/2024, 6:51 AM
I’ll believe it when I see it.
Origame - 6/16/2024, 8:13 AM
Ok, if true that's a terrible idea. Dracula should not be the villain in the first blade movie.

Also, since it was early drafts how was this gonna fit into the plans for blades daughter becoming a vampire god?
BobbyDrake - 6/16/2024, 11:31 AM
@Origame - I kinda do want Dracula to be the villain of the first movie. Mostly just because Blade’s first comic appearance was in Tomb of Dracula. But, also because the original trilogy had him as the big bad of part 3, and I don’t think that they should repeat the same formula. Maybe lead with Dracula then move into more of the Marvel type villains and team ups after. The whole daughter thing is just a bad idea though. Hopefully they stay away from all that. Whatever they do I just hope it turns out good. Don’t know why they’re trying so hard to mess this up
Origame - 6/16/2024, 11:37 AM
@BobbyDrake - I mean, Dracula being the big bad of the most recent blade movie is another reason. The fact it's so infamously bad is another.

And finally Dracula is the baddest of the bad when it comes to vampires. Where is there to go for a vampire hunter if you start with him?
BobbyDrake - 6/16/2024, 11:53 AM
@Origame - Good point about him being the most recent villain. But the fact that they butchered it so bad makes me want to see it done right. I don’t have much faith that they’ll ever get this movie off the ground, much less a sequel. So I guess I just want them to lead with their best foot forward. As far as villains, I’m not sure. Maybe Xarus, Dracula’s son. Or Lilith, we all know that Disney likes their female leads. I also really want to see him fight Morbius but doubt that’ll ever happen. I don’t know man. I definitely get what you mean though
Origame - 6/16/2024, 11:56 AM
@BobbyDrake - xarus could be a good one to lead to Dracula.

And I'd rather they try making this a franchise than ruin Dracula again with another terrible film.
BobbyDrake - 6/16/2024, 12:05 PM
@Origame - I hear you. Whatever they do I just hope they get it right
Origame - 6/16/2024, 12:06 PM
@BobbyDrake - definitely
CorndogBurglar - 6/16/2024, 5:37 PM
@Origame - They don't need to beat Dracula in the first movie. He could be set up as a Thanos type villain that ends up being the big bad of Midngiht Sons. And Blade is just our first glimpse of him.
Origame - 6/16/2024, 5:46 PM
@CorndogBurglar - in that case it should follow the first glimpse we got in guardians, where he was a cameo ordering the real villain of the movie.
bkmeijer1 - 6/16/2024, 9:27 AM
Blade fighting Dracula is pretty much what I want, and it could be followed up by a Midnight Sons show with Lilith as the villain. Shouldn't be too hard I suppose
WarMonkey - 6/16/2024, 10:41 AM
Blade 1 and 2 are still a couple of the best comicbook movies ever to be made. I would LOVE a Blade 4... that ignores Blade 3.
Blergh - 6/16/2024, 12:33 PM
Making Blade shouldn’t be hard, it’s a story about a vampire Hunter who himself is a vampire.

Just get some World of Darkness writers, even Vampire Diaries did the vampire-who-hunts-vampires arc
Batmangina - 6/16/2024, 8:45 PM
On a related note - watched this:

It's [frick]ing stellar. Hellboy is what McFarlane WISHED the Spawn 'universe' was - DelToro segment prompted me to rewatch Blade II for the first time in forever and it's just as badass as I remembered.

So straightforward and asskickingly violent and gory - a no brainer. FFS just do Blade vs Dracula. [frick]!

[frick] DISNEY and their inability to do one goddamn thing right anymore.

Next up - the 2004 Hellboy.


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