Marvel Shuts Down Production On One Of Their Most Anticipated Movies

According to a rumour by ComicBook.com, Marvel Studios has halted production on Blade, the eagerly awaited revival starring Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage, Green Book). The announcement comes amid rumours of unrest on the site, including complaints about a weak script and the director’s departure. The movie was actively pre-producing in Atlanta, and filming was scheduled to start in November. However, the Marvel vampire movie’s future is now uncertain.

Marvel Shuts Down Production Of Blade

The news of the delay is not shocking because Bassim Tariq, the director of the Marvel movie, lost his job nearly two weeks ago. At the time, Tariq’s resignation was the result of conflicts with Ali that the filmmaker had, including disagreements over the script for the movie, Giant Freakin Robot exclusively reported at the time. In an effort to make the Blade script better, Tariq reportedly tried adding things that the Oscar-winning actor disapproved of.

The premiere date of November 3, 2023 was announced during the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, when Blade was first shown by Marvel with Ali as the starring character. It is almost clear that predictions that the movie would be postponed till 2024 would be true because a new director is currently being sought and the script is being revised. Delroy Lindo and Aaron Pierre are the only additional cast members who are currently known, although Ali is still on board to portray Blade.

Marvel did its best to put a positive light on Tariq’s departure, stating “Due to continued shifts in our production schedule, Bassam is no longer moving forward as director of Blade but will remain an executive producer on the film…We appreciate Bassam’s talent and all the work he’s done getting Blade to where it is.” Tariq released a statement of his own, saying “It’s been an honor working with the wonderful folks at Marvel…Eager to see where the next director takes the film.”

The original Blade, with Wesley Snipes as the lead, was released in 1998, and was a hit for Marvel before X-Men kick-started the comic book movie revolution. Blade II followed in 2002, and Blade: Trinity (with Ryan Reynolds as a cast member) premiered in 2004

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