Marvel’s Blade has found its new director. THR reports that the next reboot will be directed by Yann Demangewho previously directed the pilot for HBO’s Lovecraft Territory.
Demange will be accompanied by Michael Starrbury, who will write a new script for the film. Both replace Bassam Tariq, who left the project abruptly in September due to creative differences.
Tariq’s departure caused Marvel to put the project on hiatus, with several release date changes as a result. Reportedly, the protagonist, Mahershala Ali, was personally involved in the Starrbury selection as the film’s new screenwriter.
Demange will try to bring some of that magic to Marvel’s Blade, which is said to it will be a darker and starker film from what we are used to seeing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far.
Blade was first announced in 2019 and was originally scheduled to begin shooting this month. Instead, it faced multiple rewrites and delays. It is currently planned to be part of Phase 5 of the UCM.
The start of filming is scheduled for 2023 and the release date for September 2024.