Bassam Tariq confirms that he’s directing Blade film

By Stephen Ippolito | September 2nd, 2021

In July, it was reported that Marvel Studios was in talks with Mogul Bassam Tariq about directing their upcoming Blade film starring Mahershala Ali.

In a new interview with The Playlist, Tariq officially confirmed that he has signed on for the reboot film. The director also gave praise to the studio for the hiring.  

“I didn’t think [‘Blade’] was going to happen, just to be very honest,” he said. “I’m honored and it’s a privilege, but I’m here in service of Stacy Osei-Kuffour, who is the incredible writer that is writing the film. She’s just a phenomenal presence and a juggernaut in her own right. And for Mahershala [Ali]. For me, it’s really just working in their service.”

“Marvel] takes big swings, you know?” Tariq added. “I can’t say anything about it, but I’m just so excited for what we’re doing.”

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Unlike the previous franchise, this Blade film will likely be rated PG-13, meaning the fight scenes won’t be as graphic. While Tariq wouldn’t reveal how they will adjust, he did say that the character’s changing history in the comics will benefit them.

“Character is very important for me. I don’t think of genre, I think of character,” Tariq teases. “It’s not so boxed in as people imagine it to be [working with Marvel Studios]. It’s quite exciting. And I think the reality is there is no ‘Blade’ canon, you know? If you ever read the comics, they’re always changing…Unfortunately, the [comic book series] never lasted that long.”

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Blade is currently being written by Stacy Osei-Kuffour. Originally filming was supposed to begin this month. However, to give her more time to write the script, it was pushed to next July.

While Blade still doesn’t have a release date, I would expect it to hit theaters sometime in 2023, possibly 2024.

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