Bassam Tariq in Talks to Direct Marvel’s ‘Blade,’ Starring Mahershala Ali


“Mogul Mowgli” director Bassam Tariq is in talks to direct Marvel Studios’ “Blade” film, starring Mahershala Ali.

The two-time Oscar winner was once introduced to painting the vampire hunter at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019. The extremely expected movie is recently undated, however anticipated to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Four.

In February, “Watchmen” author Stacy Osei-Kuffour was once showed to jot down the film’s script, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige generating.

Wesley Snipes up to now performed the half-vampire superhero in a trilogy of box-office blockbusters, starting with 1998’s “Blade.” The sequence, which integrated 2002’s “Blade II” and 2004’s “Blade Trinity,” targeted at the vigilante, a human who possesses vampire energy and offer protection to people from the bloodsuckers. Feige was once a co-producer on “Trinity.”

The long-anticipated reboot got here in combination after Ali, who starred within the Marvel sequence “Luke Cage” for Netflix, made it identified to Marvel Studios that he sought after to absorb Snipes’ superhero mantle. Marvel Studios eagerly authorised Ali’s pitch and the remaining is cinematic historical past.

On Tariq’s aspect of the digital camera, the filmmaker’s maximum high-profile film thus far was once 2020’s “Mogul Mowgli,” which starred Riz Ahmed. Tariq’s filmography of documentaries and brief movies contains “These Birds Walk,” “11/8/16,” “Red Mountain Choir,” “Wa’ad,” “Mogambo” and “Ghosts of Sugar Land.”

With Tariq’s hiring, the filmmaker would sign up for an all-star lineup of Phase Four administrators — which may be the MCU’s maximum numerous staff but — together with Cate Shortland (“Black Widow”), Destin Daniel Cretton (“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”), Chloé Zhao (“The Eternals”), Jon Watts (“Spider-Man: No Way Home,” “Fantastic Four”), Sam Raimi (“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”), Taika Waititi (“Thor: Love and Thunder”), Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”), Nia DaCosta (“The Marvels”), Peyton Reed (“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”) and James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”).

Deadline was once first to document information of Tariq’s involvement in “Blade.” He is repped by means of Range Media Partners, WME and lawyers Daniel Passman and Tara Kole.

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