Marvel Studios’ Blade has found its new director! According to Deadline, Yann Demange (White Boy Rick) has signed on to direct the project, taking over for Bassam Tariq, who departed due to creative differences.
Additionally, Michael Starrbury (When They See Us) has been brought on to write a new script for the project. Starrbury’s script is expected to bring Marvel a darker tone than any of their previous projects, but insiders say the project won’t go nearly as dark as the previous Blade films. Following weeks of meetings and pitches, Demange would land the job after delivering a pitch that execs were excited about.
Mahershala Ali is still on board as the titular character, who was famously played by Wesley Snipes in the 2000’s trilogy. Aaron Pierre, Delroy Lindo, are also still attached to star in currently unknown roles. We got to hear Ali’s Blade in a post-credit scene in 2021’s Eternals.
Blade is scheduled to hit theaters on September 6, 2024.