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Marvel’s Blade movie loses director Yann Demange

Marvel’s Blade movie loses director Yann Demange

Yann Demange is no longer directing Blade at Marvel Studios, The Wrap has exclusively learned.

The breakup with the French-Algerian director happened a while ago and was completely amicable. Demange was the second director to depart from the project after replacing Bassam Tariq.

Veteran Marvel writer Eric Pearson, Who recently worked on “Fantastic Four” He is currently working on the script for “Blade.” Michael Starbury, Nick Pizzolatto, and Michael Green wrote earlier drafts of the script.

Mahershala Ali is still attached to star as the half-human vampire hunter. Ali is currently in talks with Universal and Amblin to join the upcoming “Jurassic World” film.

According to one insider, getting “Blade” right is much more important than getting the movie made. The pressure has been lifted to produce as much content as possible and the studio is now only looking to release two films a year, giving the Marvel Studios team some breathing room.

The studio’s next four films: “Deadpool & Wolverine,” “Captain America: Brave New World,” “Thunderbolts*” and “Fantastic Four” are nearing completion or in the pipeline.

The “Blade” movie has suffered many setbacks since it was first announced at 2019’s San Diego Comic Con, and now, more than ever, Marvel doesn’t want to rush into production something that isn’t ready. The “Blade” movies were very important to the Marvel brand in the late ’90s and early 2000s, and the team feels an incredible amount of responsibility and pressure to kill off this character and story.

When Stephen Norrington’s “Blade” debuted in 1998, it was mostly sold and generally embraced (good reviews, strong buzz and $131 million worldwide on a $45 million budget) as an R-rated, martial arts-infused Wesley Snipes vehicle . Being based on a Marvel comic book. Although the film is credited with being Marvel’s first big theatrical success (following such outbursts as “The Punisher” in 1989 and “Howard the Duck” in 1986), it is positioned as a star-first genre film and book adaptation Comic second.

The film spawned two sequels, Guillermo del Toro’s well-received “Blade II” ($155 million on a $55 million budget weeks before Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” entered the record books in 2002) and “Blade “Trinity” by David Goyer. ” ($132 million on a budget of $62 million) in 2004. A loosely connected single-season television show starring Kirk Jones as Blade premiered on SpikeTV in 2006.

Created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan, Blade first appeared in Mavel Comics as a supporting character in 1973 and starred in his own title shortly thereafter.

“Blade” will be released on November 7, 2025.