Marvel Studios Blade is being released once again, this time by a new production team.
Yann Demange, who directed the pilot of HBO’s boundary-pushing horror series Lovecraft’s worldhas come forward to direct the vampire thriller that still stars Mahershala Ali.
Meanwhile, Michael Starrbury, who was nominated for an Emmy for writing the role of Ava DuVernay, When they see ushas been hired to write a new script for the episode.
The new team is reviving the project after losing the original director, Bassam Tariq (Mogul Mowgli) in September. The parting of ways was due to creative differences and happened suddenly while the project was still in progress and headed for the beginning of November in Atlanta.
Instead of forcing another director on something that needed to be reworked, Marvel took the first step to take a deeper look under the hood. This means that the first page will rewrite the project, which worked in the writing phase. Ali himself was involved in choosing the author, according to sources.
Details are being kept under wraps but sources say the intention for the new Blade is for it to be darker and more nuanced in tone, falling further in line with Marvel fare and perhaps even getting some familiar and fondly remembered shades. Blade films produced in the early 2000s by New Line.
The plan is being developed in Atlanta in 2023, to save Blade is The release date is set for September 6, 2024
Blade was created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan for the 1973’s Tomb of Dracula No. 10. He is a half-dead, half-immortal who hunts a vampire to avenge his mother, who was killed by a vampire when she gave birth to him. Wesley Snipes previously starred in the New Line trilogy.
Demange is a French-born, London-raised director who got his start in television before becoming a sensational director. ’71 and White Boy Rick. His work continues Lovecraft’s world set a dark and serious tone for the series, which tackled colorful themes and various horrors while also providing a platform for stars Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett to step up to stardom. He is currently working on David Cronenberg’s horror film series, Curtains, for HBO, which he will direct and executive produce. He is repped by CAA and Goodman Genow.
Starrbury, who wrote the coming of age drama Inevitable Success for Mr. & Petehe is The Come Up in early production with Lil Rel Howery has risen to stardom. He is also repped by CAA, Circle of Confusion and attorney Sue Rogers.