Marvel’s ‘Blade’ Loses Director Bassam Tariq

Mahershala Ali was getting ready to start filming in the fall. Bassam Tariq will no longer be in charge of the Marvel Studios movie Blade.

The blade is set to come out on November 3, 2023. Filming was getting ready to start in Atlanta in November. It’s not clear how Tariq’s leaving will affect the start of filming for the vampire action thriller. Mahershala Ali, who won an Oscar, plays the lead role, and the cast also includes Delroy Lindo and Aaron Pierre from “Old.”

Because our production schedule keeps changing, Bassam will no longer be the director of Blade, but he will still be an executive producer on the film, Marvel told THR in a statement. “We appreciate Bassam’s skill and all the work he’s put into getting Blade to where it is now.”

In his own statement, Tariq thanked Marvel: “It’s been an honor to work with the great people at Marvel. We were able to get a great cast and crew together. I’m excited to see where the next director takes the movie.

Blade’s production start date has been moved at least once, if not twice, and sources say the script has been rewritten several times. The current writer is Beau DeMayo, who has worked on shows like Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Witcher, and its animated spinoff, and Marvel’s Moon Knight. According to one source, the studio is already looking for a new director.

Since Marvel announced the film at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, Blade has been one of the most-anticipated movies from the studio. Ali showed up unexpectedly at the end of the Marvel panel wearing a baseball cap with the Blade logo. Later, Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, told THR that Ali had called him to say he wanted to play the character.

The writer Marv Wolfman and the artist Gene Colan came up with Blade for The Tomb of Dracula No. 10 in 1973. He is half-human and half-vampire. He hunts vampires to get revenge for his mother, who was killed by a vampire while she was giving birth to him. In the early 2000s, Wesley Snipes played the same role in a trilogy.

Tariq directed and helped write the rap drama Mogul Mowgli, which starred Riz Ahmed. He had been working on Blade since the summer of 2021 when Stacy Osei-Kuffour gave him the first script for the show.

At least in part, Blade has already made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In 2021’s “Eternals,” Ali made a surprise voice cameo in a scene after the credits. This suggests that Marvel is ready to give the MCU a scary side. Marvel is getting ready to release its first horror-themed project, the Halloween special Werewolf By Night, which will air on Disney on October 7.

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