For the past several weeks, Marvel Studios has been searching for a new director to helm Blade after Bassam Tariq exited the project last September. As a result of the major changes in the creative players, the release was also changed to a 2024 date. Now, after a long search, they have finally found Tariq's replacement.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Lovecraft Country and White Boy Rick director Yann Demange has been tapped to helm Blade. In addition, Emmy-nominated writer Michael Starrbury (When They See Us) is also set to pen a new script for the film. Mahershala Ali remains attached to star.
The report also added that the MCU's take on Blade will be more dark and gritty in tone and will be on the edgier side of the MCU which is reminiscent of the Wesley Snipes-led films. Production is now expected to begin next year in Atlanta ahead of its scheduled fall 2024 release.
It is great to hear that the film has finally found its new director and writer as it indicates that the project is officially back on track and it should relieve fans who were anxious about its delay and pause on pre-production caused by Tariq's exit.
However, it is unknown yet whether some of the actors and key creative players that were hired prior to Tariq's exit such as Delroy Lindo and Aaron Pierre are staying on the project now that a new director is heading the project.
Since the report also indicated that Ali was involved in the hiring of the writer, there is also the likelihood that such behind-the-scenes trouble as in Tariq's situation will not happen with Demange and Starrbury's iteration of the project. We should be hearing more updates in the next several months now that it is officially back on track.
Blade is slated for release in theaters on September 6, 2024. You can check more details about it here.