“Blade” has found a new director. Yann Demange, best known as the director of the pilot of HBO’s Lovecraft Country and the films ’71 and White Boy Rick, has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the upcoming vampire film. THR first reported the news. IndieWire has reached out to Marvel representatives.
Additionally, Michael Starrbury has been hired to write a new script for the film, in which Mahershala Ali plays the Marvel Comics vampire character. Starrbury was nominated for an Emmy in 2019 for his work on Ava DuVernay’s Netflix limited series When They See Us.
The news comes after original director, Bassam Tariq, left the film in September and parted ways with the project just two months before production began in Atlanta in November.
“Due to ongoing shifts in our production schedule, Bassam will no longer serve as director of ‘Blade,’ and will remain executive producer on the film,” Marvel said in a statement shared with media at the time. “We appreciate Bassam’s talent and all the work he has done to get Blade to where it is.”
Tariq said, “It’s been an honor to work with the wonderful people at Marvel. We were able to put together a killer cast and crew. I’m excited to see where the next director takes the film.”
Tariq, whose last film was Mogul Mowgli starring Riz Ahmed, spoke with unbridled enthusiasm about the project to IndieWire last September.
“We can’t deny what Wesley Snipes did, which is basically he started this whole ball rolling,” he said. “A black man created the superhero world we are in, that’s just the truth. To now be collaborating with someone as talented and a juggernaut as Mahershala Ali and writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour, I just feel so — I feel so honored. It’s really an honor for me just to be in this room with them and to listen and learn as I build that out.”
Based on the comics by Marv Wolfman and illustrator Gene Colan, Snipes first embodied the half-vampire hunter with supernatural abilities and skilled martial arts in the 1998 film by New Line Cinema. It became a franchise with Blade II and Blade: Trinity.
Tariq follows in the footsteps of a select few other directors who have dropped out of Marvel projects: Scott Derrickson left Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness before Sam Raimi came on, and Jon Watts dropped out of the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot , replaced by Matt Shakman.
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