November 29, 2022

It’s open season on all suckheads, as Marvel has tapped Yann Demange as the brand new director of Blade.

The French filmmaker is understood for government producing and directing episodes of each HBO’s beloved however short-lived Lovecraft Nation and UK crime drama Prime Boy. On the full-length function facet of issues, he helmed 2018’s White Boy Rick and 2014’s ’71.

Demange replaces Bassam Tariq, who left the manufacturing in September simply weeks earlier than filming was scheduled to begin. Whereas Tariq is about to stay as an government producer, Kevin Feige and his workforce determined to not try to skate up hill with a flailing manufacturing, as an alternative hitting pause whereas they went for a whole reset.

Mahershala Ali continues to be onboard to star because the day-walking vampire hunter, however Demange isn’t the one new inventive becoming a member of the mission. Screenwriter Michael Starrbury — Emmy-nominated for penning an episode of Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us — will take a contemporary crack on the script, the latest model of which got here from Beau DeMayo (Moon Knight). In line with The Hollywood Reporter, Ali himself had a hand in selecting Starrbury.

Collectively, Demange and Starrbury will probably be tasked with taking Blade in a “darkish and gritty” route that may very well be just like the unique 2000s Blade trilogy, based on THR. (Which begs the query: What had been they going for earlier than?)

Initially scheduled for November 2023, Blade is now focusing on a September sixth, 2024 launch. The shift prompted a cascading impact on the remainder of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Section Six entries, with Deadpool 3, Implausible 4, and Avengers: Secret Wars all seeing their dates pushed.

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