It’s been four years since the announcement was made for Marvel’s Blade movie. Back then they also announced it would star Mahershala Ali as the daywalker Blade. Joining him would be Aaron Pierre, Delroy Lindo, and Mia Goth.
The film was meant to have a 2023 release but was delayed until 2024 last October. Now it’s being further delayed because of the writer’s strike currently affecting a ton of pre-productions in film and TV.
I ask the question of the movie being doomed because everything I hear from the film has been negative whether that is because of delays, directors, or anything that is happening behind the scenes.
I know projects tend to have issues but when it’s been four years, a couple of directors, and delays, it just seems like the Blade movie is ultimately doomed. Sooner or later, people will lose hype for this, I mean, I have already.
Marvel first brought on Bassam Tariq to helm the project, the film then hit a major issue when Tariq parted ways with Blade. A huge amount of delay later, Yann Demange has been brought in as the director of the movie.
Not only has the director’s side of the production been affected, but the writing side of things has also been affected. Stacy Osei-Kuffour was initially brought on to write the script but was later replaced by Beau DeMayo. This wasn’t the end of it. Michael Starrbury now has the job of writing the script.
Nic Pizzolatto has reportedly joined the project working alongside Starrbury on the script.
At Marvel’s SDCC 2022 panel, it was revealed that Blade would arrive in theaters on November 3, 2023, however, as the film lost it’s director, the studio pushed it back nine months to September 6, 2024.
The movie was scheduled to begin filming in Atlanta in October 2022 but things changed and now is expected to begin in the Summer of 2023.
So again, is this movie doomed? I honestly think it might be. Once I know filming has begun and we get some further news on release dates and no more delays then and only then will I begin to get hyped for this movie.