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Rumor: New BLADE Movie Underway, Wesley Snipes Set To Return

The NY Daily News reported yesterday that Marvel Studios has a new Blade film in active development and that Wesley Snipes is set to return to his most famous role as the vampire hunter. He played the part in three films from 1998-2004. However, neither Marvel, Disney or Snipes himself has responded to the report, which claims that Snipes stands to make $3 million from the new film, along with a share of the box office profits.

A year ago, Marvel revealed that they did in fact have another Blade script in preliminary development. However, the Escapist reports it is unclear whether “ said script is for a new version of the character or a continuation of the previous series.

The first two Blade films were critical and commercial smashes, but the third film, Blade: Trinity, was a flop. Further films were cut short by Snipes’ arrest for income tax evasion in 2006, for which he served three years in prison. A short-lived TV show, Blade: The Series, set after the third film, aired on Spike TV that same year, with Kirk Jones in the title role.

Introduced in Tomb of Dracula #10 in 1973, Blade–real name Eric Brooks–is a human/vampire hybrid referred to as a “Daywalker,” whose mother was bitten by the vampire Deacon Frost while giving birth to him. As a result, Blade is dedicated to hunting down vampires with his ability to sense supernatural creatures as well as a proficiency for bladed weapons that earned him his nickname. The first two Blade films are widely credited as laying the ground for the superhero movie resurgence.

Source: NY Daily News; The Escapist

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Author:Tom Speelman

A lifetime of reading comics and watching television has left Tom with an inexhaustible supply of pop culture knowledge from the obvious to the obscure. Rather than keep it all in his brain for use at parties, Tom turned to writing a few years ago to help him share that knowledge with as many people as are remotely interested. Tom writes for several websites including The Mary Sue, Strange Horizons, Loser City and others. For even further rambling, follow him on Twitter @tomtificate.

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One Comment on “Rumor: New BLADE Movie Underway, Wesley Snipes Set To Return”

  1. 09/03/2014 at 2:15 PM #

    Reblogged this on The Mind of the Hybrid One and commented:
    FIrst off, nope, this isn’t my article, just my views on it.
    Now, being the fan of the Blade movies (or at least the first two, I hated the third movie), I would say I won’t mind a fourth Blade movie and I love to see Snipes back in action but it might already be too late for its comeback.

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