Blade: Bassam Tariq In Talks To Direct Marvel Studios Film

Deadline is exclusively reporting that after months meeting with talent, Marvel Studios have signed Bassam Tariq to direct the upcoming Blade film.

Deadline is exclusively reporting that after months meeting with talent, Marvel Studios is in negotiations with Bassam Tariq to direct the upcoming Blade film starring Mahershala Ali.

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Blade (sometimes referred to as Daywalker) is half-vampire, half-mortal, who becomes a protector of the mortal race against the threat of vampires.

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Blade first appeared in Marvel Comics back in 1973 by Marv Wolfman, appearing as a supporting character in The Tomb of Dracula #10. Blade would have his big screen debut in New Line’s 1998 film, which was R-rated and starred Wesley Snipes as the title character. Blade would be a hit that summer, making $131m worldwide and spawning two sequels (Blade II and Blade Trinity). Blade would also appear in the small screen in 2006, with Sticky Fingaz playing the title character, with the show only lasting one season.

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The report states that Kevin Feige, Mahershala Ali, and other studio executives had been meeting with dozen of candidates all the way back in Autumn of last year, mainly because they considered writer/director options before ultimately deciding against it after attaching Stacy Osei-Kuffour to write the script. Marvel then shortened their list of potential directs down, starting another round of meetings that started in March that went through to June, with the final candidates delivering their final presentations over time, and in the end, it appears that Tariq’s vision won them over.

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Bassam Tariq is certainly an interesting choice for the project, I’ve only really seen his last directorial film, Mogul Mowgli, and I liked that a lot, so I’m excited to see what he brings to the table with Blade if he signs on the dotted line.