Blade | Director says he is honored to reboot the Marvel movie.
Blade – Fans’ dream is getting closer and closer to come true!
Bassam Tariq, director of the upcoming Marvel Blade reboot, is honored to direct the film. Unlike most MCU characters, vampire hunter Blade already contains some adventures before making its debut.
Wesley Snipes played the character in a trilogy that ended with Blade: Trinity of 2004, and except for a brief Spike TV series, Blade remained untouched for years. That’s why fans were pleasantly surprised to hear Oscar winner Mahershala Ali play the vampire hunter movie for the MCU.
Since then, Blade’s reboot progress has been unusually slow. Stacy Osei-Kuffour (Watchmen) was signed on to write the screenplay in February, and in May it was confirmed that Marvel had met with some potential directors.
Finally, in July, Tariq was cast to direct Blade, becoming his second feature film after Mogul Mowgli, starring Riz Ahmed.
Along those lines, Marvel and Tariq will remain silent about their involvement with Blade, although the director has now made some teasing about what’s to come.
Therefore, appearing in the last episode of The Playlist Podcast , Tariq opened on how to join the Blade First, he talked about his surprise that the film was happening before sharing his own gratitude for being chosen for the job. Although Tariq can’t provide much detail, he did suggest that there are some “big swings” ahead. Tariq said:
I didn’t think that was going to happen, just to be very honest. I’m honored and it’s a privilege, but I’m here in the service of Stacy Osei-Kuffour, who is the incredible writer who is writing the film… She’s just a phenomenal presence and a steamroller in her own right. And to Mahershala . For me, it’s really just working in their service… suffers big fluctuations, you know? … I can’t say anything about it, but I’m really excited about what we’re doing.
Finally, most of the many projects announced at Marvel’s 2019 presentation at San Diego Comic-Con have already been launched or are preparing for launch. Blade, like Jon Watts’ Fantastic Four, is something of an outlier in that he doesn’t even have a release date or cast other than Ali.
In short, Tariq’s words, however, bring a lot of comfort. Even as fans remain in the dark about what’s to come for Blade, it’s clear that a lot of exciting work is being done behind the scenes, despite the lack of updates. Previously, it was said that Blade would not begin filming until July 2022, and there is nothing in Tariq’s comments that seems to indicate otherwise.
So, although Tariq specializes in documentaries and has only made one feature film, his hiring follows a typical Marvel strategy. The studio is now known for picking experienced independent food directors (Chloé Zhao, Taika Waititi) so they can develop a unique perspective for their mega-blockbusters. Of course, Tariq takes his job as director of Blade seriously, and it will be very exciting to see what he and Osei-Kuffour come up with. Hopefully, more updates will come soon.
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