According to The Hollywood Reporter, ’71 and White Boy Rick filmmaker Yann Demange will replace Bassam Tariq as the director of Marvel Studios’ upcoming Blade reboot. Tariq left the project earlier this year, citing creative differences, but will remain as executive producer, as the movie was pushed back to September 6, 2024.
What’s more, Michael Starrbury will be writing a new script for the movie, taking over the reins of Stacey Osei-Kuffour and Beau DeMayo. Starrbury’s previous credits include writing one episode of Ava DuVernay‘s limited series, When They See Us.
Production is slated to begin next year, with Mahershala Ali still on board to play Eric Brooks AKA Blade. Ali, who previously played Cottonmouth in the MCU’s Luke Cage series, made his first appearance as Blade during Eternals‘ post-credit scene, in an uncredited voice cameo, addressing Dane Whitman (Kit Harington) off-screen as he is tempted to wield the Ebony Blade.
Delroy Lindo and Aaron Pierre have also been confirmed to join the film’s supporting cast, which is reportedly going to be darker in tone than most MCU movies. However, no details are currently known if the project will be Rated R, like the previous films which starred Wesley Snipes.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter