‘Blade’: Director Bassam Tariq Praises Wesley Snipes/Original Film Alongside Reboot’s Black Talent

Not too long ago, director Bassam Tariq (Mogul Mowgli) confirmed to The Playlist he had signed-on to direct the new Blade reboot for Marvel Studios and kept coy about his plans for the Daywalker.

“Character is very important for me. I don’t think of genre, I think of character. It’s not so boxed in as people imagine it to be [working with Marvel Studios]. It’s quite exciting. And I think the reality is there is no Blade canon, you know? If you ever read the comics, they’re always changing…Unfortunately, the [comic book series] never lasted that long.”

If you’re not familiar with the behind-the-scenes development of Blade, star Wesley Snipes worked closely with director Stephen Norrington and screenwriter David S. Goyer shaping the exploitation comic book character for the big screen.

While speaking with IndieWire last month, the Pakistani-American filmmaker praised not only what Wesley Snipes did as a creative force on the original films, but also highlighting the work that star Mahershala Ali and screenwriter Stacy Osei-Kuffour (Watchmen, Hunters) are doing as fellow collaborators on the reboot.

“What’s exciting about the film that we’re making is [there] hasn’t been a canon for Blade, as we’re reading through the comics and everything. Him being a daywalker is the one thing that’s been established, and you know we can’t deny what Wesley Snipes did, which was he basically got this whole ball rolling. A Black man created the superhero world that we’re in, that’s just the truth. For me to now be working with somebody as talented and a juggernaut as Mahershala Ali, and the writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour, I’m just so — I’m so honored to be working with real Black juggernauts and Black talent. For me to just be with them in this room and listen and learn as I build this out, it’s really an honor.”

It’ll be interesting if they’ll consider bringing The Vampire Nation to the MCU and we still don’t know if the R-rated action franchise will be turned into something more family-friendly with the studio’s standard PG-13 rating. Then again, Marvel has confirmed Deadpool 3 will be R-rated, giving us hope projects like Blade might also keep it’s mature aspects.

Outside of trade reports of Blade shooting next year, we don’t have an official release date (will likely be announced soon) or a supporting cast that will be assembled around Mahershala Ali.

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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