‘Blade’: Marvel Reportedly Eyeing ‘Mogul Mowgli’ Director Bassam Tariq For Reboot

Marvel Studios has been developing a Blade project going back to 2013, when it was reported that they were developing in-house script for both Blade and Ms. Marvel (later turned into Captain Marvel). However, when Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali (Alita: Battle Angel, Moonlight, Luke Cage) approached Marvel about playing Eric Brooks, they weren’t exactly planning on moving forward with a film at that time until Ali’s enthusiasm got them to rethink that. The studio announced the casting and the project moving forward at the end of San Diego Comic-Con 2019.

The Blade reboot might have a director announcement coming very soon.

Deadline reports that indie director Bassam Tariq, worked with Riz Ahamed (Venom, Rogue One, Sound of Metal) on the British rap movie Mogul Mowgli, is the studio’s top choice to helm the action horror reboot.

A script is being worked on by writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour, who wrote on HBO’s Watchmen series and the Jordan Peele-produced Hunters.

Eric Brooks aka Blade is a vampire hunter, that happens to be half-vampire himself and allows him to be immune sunlight/silver making him stronger than a majority of adversaries. The main antagonists for Blade are The Vampire Nation, the secretive group of shadowy figures that have a stranglehold on positions of power in human society and have sects all over the world. This makes the new incarnation of Blade a global franchise and we could see vampires in various countries, we’ve seen Asian vampires teased in the original and it would be neat to see Blade in Japan or Hong Kong.

I was massively let down with Marvel’s Black Widow movie after producers and Scarlett Johansson talked-up the action being the best in the MCU, only for them to give us generic fight sequences and an overuse of cartoony CGI (Blade’s worst element is the poorly aged CGI) that quickly dissolved the grittier tone they had been aiming for. I’m hoping that Marvel takes Blade’s action scenes a little more seriously by hiring 87Eleven Action Design (John Wick 1-4, Atomic Blonde) or bring back Liang Yang (Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness) to handle the fight choreography.

End of the day, the Blade is an action franchise with horror elements. The original three movies (third produced by Kevin Feige) led by Wesley Snipes were R-rated projects and Marvel Studios/Disney kept saying over multiple years that Deadpool 3 would be keeping it’s R-rating. There is a good chance since most kids have no idea who Blade is that the vampire hunter might keep his original rating. Also, I’m not sure how interesting PG-13 vampire movie is going to be without blood or invented deaths for vampires at the hands of Blade.

There had been chatter about the studio potentially shooting Blade next year, but Marvel Studios hasn’t given the project a release date and this directorial candidate hasn’t signed a deal. I guess we’ll have to wait a little longer for some official announcements from Kevin Feige/Marvel.

BLADE – A half-mortal, half-immortal is out to avenge his mother’s death and rid the world of vampires. The modern-day technologically advanced vampires he is going after are in search of his special blood type needed to summon an evil god who plays a key role in their plan to execute the human race.


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