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Blade Reboot Faces Major Setback as Director Bassam Tariq Departs, Fans Believes John Wick Director Chad Stahelski is the Next Best Choice

Blade Reboot

The era of reboots of fan-favorite movies has dawned upon us ever since the 21st century started- some of them are worth watching while some are just a nostalgia cash-grab. Regardless, when the news was confirmed for an upcoming reboot of the Blade movies, it surely got us dancing on our feet.

Blade was officially announced back in 2019 at the San Diego Comic-Con to a lot of hype, but sadly we won’t be getting Wesley Snipes (we’ll get Mahershala Ali instead!) wearing the boots of Eric Brooks for the upcoming reboot of the swordsman. But at least we are getting the reboot, right? Well, it seems like we’re gonna have to wait a tad bit longer.

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Mahershala Ali, the confirmed actor who will play Blade

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Bassam Tariq Abruptly Steps Down From The Director’s Chair

The final movie in the much popular Blade franchise Trinity was released in 2004, and almost one and a half decades have passed since we got to see Eric Brooks wield that awesome sword of his.

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Bassam Tariq at an event

Production for a prequel trilogy for the character, with Blade (1998) director Stephen Norrington to direct, was confirmed to have started in 2008. But it never saw the day of light as Marvel Studios eventually captured the film rights for themselves, with the master plan of introducing the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Fast forward to the current state of the confirmed Blade reboot, Mogul Mowgli director Bassam Tariq was on the front seat of the movie as he got the directorial role for the reboot. As of now, he has stepped down from the role.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported that Tariq stepped down from the role in an unexpected fashion, and Marvel Studios followed with a statement regarding the whole incident-

“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 followed up on the statement with his own-

“Its been an honor working with the wonderful folks at Marvel. We were able to put together a killer cast and crew. Eager to see where the next director takes the film.”

The departure of Tariq as the director is pretty sudden, considering the fact that the filming process was due to start this fall in about a week. Marvel Studios is reportedly searching for a new director as we speak, and Marvel’s Twitter army is in complete agreement that John Wick director Chad Stahelski should take over-

A John Wick-style Blade movie, you love to hear it! –

More emphasis-

The action sequences are going to be packed-

Fans really want him as the main man behind the screen-

A director of Chad Stahelski’s repute taking over the new Blade reboot would be huge, and it would definitely give us a fresh take on the action scenes in Marvel movies.

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About That Blade Cameo In Werewolf By Night

Blade’s off-screen cameo in the post-credits scene of Eternals got fans super-excited to see Mahershala Ali’s portrayal of the character even more.

The off-screen cameo surely sparked excitement for the character, but also cooked up some rumors about an Eric Brooks cameo in future MCU projects, with one of the top movies for a possible cameo for Brooks being Werewolf by Night.

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Wesley Snipes as Blade

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The rumors make perfect sense, Brooks is a serial killer when it comes to killing beasts and monsters in the Marvel Universe, and a werewolf is a no lesser beast.

However, Werewolf by Night director Michael Giacchino has kind of debunked the whole rumor surrounding Blade’s cameo in the upcoming Marvel special. Speaking to One Take News, Giacchino said-

“You know what, rumours are insanely inaccurate I would say… 99.9% of the time.”

That’s quite distressing to hear, but he doesn’t rule out a connection-

“The thing about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is everyone thinks that every single thing is going to be connected. EVERY single thing. And it doesn’t mean that we’re not connected

However, the director affirms with a hint that it’s not necessary to “always show them together.”

We can sign off a Blade cameo in the upcoming Werewolf by Night special for now. But with Bassam Tariq’s departure, and the filming for the reboot not having begun yet, Mahershala Ali could potentially have some free space for a while for a cameo at least!

The Blade reboot will hit theaters on November 3, 2023, right after Halloween.

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Written by Sang Tonsing

Sang is working as a content writer for FandomWire. He has written over 100 articles for the entertainment website by reporting on the latest news in the pop culture industry- whether it be on the latest Marvel flick or a groundbreaking DC update. He has previously worked for LeftOye as a content writer too, working on over 150 articles. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Political Science at Delhi University