“One of the best actors in Hollywood came to you…”: Mahershala Ali’s Blade Can’t Do Anything Right at the Moment as It Loses Its Director Yann Demange

The road to bringing the vampire hunter back to the big screen is filled with many hurdles!

Mahershala Ali, Yann Demange
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  • The departure of director Yann Demange is causing yet yet another obstacle for the Blade reboot.
  • The movie, starring Mahershala Ali in the title role, may not have an easy time getting released in 2025.
  • Disney and Marvel Studios have not yet released statements regarding the departure of Blade's second director.
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The Marvel Studios adaptation of Blade has lost another director, in what appears to be a recurring joke. According to The Wrap, the director’s chair for the Blade reboot has experienced a surprise twist; Yann Demange, who stepped in as the savior after the first director Bassam Tariq’s exit, has amicably parted ways with the project.  

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The film has faced challenges ever since it was first announced five years ago at San Diego Comic-Con. In addition to the two directors, Blade has worked with a number of writers. According to the report, Eric Pearson (Fantastic Four) is currently penning the new script for the MCU’s forthcoming flick.

The departure of director Yann Demange is causing yet yet another obstacle for the Blade reboot.
Wesley Snipes in Blade II [Credit: New Line Cinema/Warner Bros.]
However, the good news is that Mahershala Ali remains committed to playing the lead role of Blade, which was earlier donned by Wesley Snipes. 

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Blade: Yann Demange Steps Down as Director of Mahershala Ali’s Movie

Blade fans have been eagerly anticipating the Daywalker’s return to the big screen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, it seems like the project just can’t catch a break, as director Yann Demange has reportedly exited the film (per The Wrap).

Demange’s exit “was entirely amicable”, according to the report. As of the publication of this story, Disney and Marvel Studios have not yet responded to the Blade report. This news comes after a string of production woes for the highly anticipated movie. As stated by Deadline, the reboot was first announced in 2019.

There have been two directors for the film since then; Bassam Tariq left in 2022 (via THR). In the weeks that followed, more issues surfaced, beginning with a report claiming that the actor Mahershala Ali was “frustrated” with the film’s development (see X). 

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Blade, starring Mahershala Ali in the title role, may not have an easy time getting released in 2025.
Mahershala Ali in Green Book | Universal Pictures)

However, with the loss of its second director, Eric Pearson, the writer is continuing to work on the script for the MCU’s Blade. Michael Green, Nic Pizzolatto, and Michael Starrbury handled the earlier drafts. Also, Ali is still attached to the movie

Thankfully, the actor, 50, remains committed to his role, having given what was perceived as a positive update in December of last year (via Entertainment Weekly):

We’re working on it. That’s the best I could tell you. I’m really encouraged by the direction of the project. I think we’ll be back at it relatively soon.

Despite how annoying these delays have been, a source with knowledge of the matter told The Wrap that Marvel’s current priority is getting Blade right, not meeting a release date. 

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Fan Response: Mahershala Ali’s Blade Faces Another Setback

MCU's Blade's excitement level rose upon learning that Mahershala Ali would be taking on the iconic role that Wesley Snipes had previously occupied. 
Wesley Snipes as Blade | New Line Cinema

The return of Blade to the big screen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been much hyped by fans of the franchise. The project’s excitement level rose upon learning that Mahershala Ali would be taking on the iconic role that Wesley Snipes had previously played. 

However, director Yann Demange, 46, has reportedly left the film, so it appears like the project is stuck in a rut. This information follows a run of production issues with the film. Thus, fans are apparently angry & disappointed with the latest updates on the movie’s status.

Check out a few comments by fans: 

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According to Vulture, Blade was scheduled to go into production in November 2022 and be released on November 3, 2023. With a new team joining, Disney, however, had to give the upcoming movie a little extra time. It is therefore anticipated that November 7, 2025, will be the new release date for the film. 

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While Demange’s departure may disappoint fans, we are pleased that, despite these challenges, Marvel Studios seems determined to get Blade right. The studio is reportedly more focused on delivering a quality film than rushing it out the door. So, let’s hope that the Daywalker rises from the ashes stronger than ever. 

The first Blade movie is available to rent on Apple TV.

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