It was busy week for Marvel news. One of the biggest of the week being Bassam Tariq exiting as director as director on Blade. While the reason for Tariq’s exit is unknown, there are rumors floating around he was let go from the project but the studio. That said there are a few updates from some reliable sources.
According to The Direct, Beau DeMayo, who wrote Moon Knight, is getting ready to completely write Blade from scratch. This comes after The Ankler’s Jeff Sneider tweeted Blade star Mahershala Ali is “very frustrated with the process” of making the film. Additionally, he tweeted that the script is only 90 pages long, with only “two lackluster action scenes.” Moon Knight was well received from both fans and critics so a complete rewrite will likely wipe away any story details from the initial script, which The Illuminerdi share this week.
Today, Big Screen Leaks also took to Twitter to share a bit of an update saying, “I’m hearing that BLADE’s start date was pushed back to at least the start of 2023. They’re searching for a director and hope to get the project off the ground again soon.”
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.
As of now, the Marvel Studios still has Blade listed for a November 3, 2023 release but the recent moves will certainly have the studio moving that date. A director search is currently underway, so expect a new update in the coming weeks.