After years of Blade fans begging Marvel to make a new one, and to bring back Wesley Snipes to boot, it looks like they’ll finally have their wish. We Got This Covered reports that Marvel is currently planning an R-rated movie of everyone’s favourite Daywalker, and Snipes is said to be on board.
The studio apparently already has a script that centres on Blade training his daughter Fallon Grey, although this hasn’t been confirmed.
This is what Snipes had to say on the subject of a new Blade when questioned a few months ago:
“There are a lot of conversations going around right now, and we’re very blessed to have the enthusiasm and interest in something coming from that world again. We’ve created two projects that fit perfectly into this world, and when people see them, I think they’re only going to have a problem with deciding which one they love the most.”
It’s an undoubtedly positive reaction from Snipes and we can probably take that as evidence that there’s some kind of Blade-related project in the works. Here’s what he had to say on Marvel’s involvement:
“All the main execs [at Marvel] and my team, we’ve been discussing for the past two years. Everyone’s enthusiastic about it, everybody gets it. But they got a business to run and they gotta square the things that they gotta figure out before they can get to it, I guess. In the meantime, we got a business to run and our own slate of things to do so…But the next time you see something in [the Blade universe], mark my words: what we did before is child’s play compared to what we can do now.”
Adapted from the comic book character created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan, the original 1997 Blade was written by David S. Goyer (Batman vs Superman) and directed by Stephen Norrington (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). It starred Snipes as the eponymous Blade, alongside Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright and Donal Logue.
An R-rated Blade has been in demand for ages, and it’s hard not to get excited. However, Marvel doesn’t tend to put out R-rated films because they’re seen as a risk, and it wouldn’t be the first supposed R-rated superhero film that chickened out in the final editing stages.
While it’s open to speculation, there’s no concrete information yet. If a Blade movie does go ahead, here’s hoping it turns out to be more of a Logan than a Venom.