That’s the rumor. According to the official Marvel India account on Twitter, the new BLADE film will be released on October 7th of next year, only one year away! Marvel hasn’t officially confirmed this, but it’s certainly a possibility. If it turns out to be true we can expect some official confirmation in the immediate future.
The new Blade film will star Mahershala Ali as the vampire-slaying title character, with the script being written by Stacy Osei-Kuffour and Bassam Tariq set to direct. Can we infer from the latest rumor that the script is in fact finished? Has filming perchance already gotten underway? Or are they just estimating that the movie will be completed in time for Halloween of next year? Whatever the case it’s exciting news.
I wasn’t thrilled initially about Mahershala Ali being cast as Blade. Not that he isn’t a gifted actor. I just didn’t see him as Blade. That’s probably due in part to me identifying Wesley Snipes with the character. I know Wesley can’t play Blade again, and I wouldn’t really want him to now, knowing what we know about the guy. (If Hollywood scuttlebutt is to be believed, he’s kind of an ass.) But his portrayal of the character left some big boots to fill, that’s for sure.