Blade: Marvel Studios wants Bassam Tariq to direct Mahershala Ali as the vampire slayer

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Blade: Marvel Studios wants Bassam Tariq to direct Mahershala Ali as the vampire slayer

Blade, the reboot that prepares Marvel Studios as part of the MCU of the well-known hybrid vampire slayer from the comics and starring the Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali, is close to confirming director. This is how the medium collects it Deadline, ensuring that Marvel’s film division is in advanced talks with the filmmaker Bassam Tariq, known for directing Mogul Mowgli in 2020 with actor Riz Ahmed.

Still no theatrical release date

Thus, Blade intends to introduce his dark and vampiric universe in the UCM after taking over the rights to the character at the movie level; and is that the original Blade trilogy starring Wesley Snipes The late 90s and early 2000s have nothing to do with the current shared Marvel universe. That is why it is intended to carry out a reboot completo of the franchise and, who knows, cross his path with the other superheroes of the house, some still to debut in both series and movies.

Be that as it may, the own Kevin Feige acts as a producer, while Stacy Osei-Kuffour is in charge of the script. As explained in Deadline, the selection process of the creative team has been considering options for several months, with several phases of interviews between the months of March and June of this year. Apparently the Bassam Tariq’s vision on how Blade’s return to celluloid should be was the one that most convinced Kevin Feige and Mahershala Ali, with which the filmmaker and the company would already be in the last stages of the negotiation.

Recall that Marvel Studios announced in 2019 the project to recover Blade for the UCM with Mahershala Ali as the protagonist after taking over the rights in 2012. On the other hand, the actor has worked with Marvel before, although as a villain in the series Luke Cage from Netflix and Marvel Television in the role of Cottonmouth. For now, the release date of Blade is unknown and if it will be part of the newly released Phase 4 or will go to Phase 5.

Source | Deadline


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