Blade is still one of the more memorable action films from the 90s and one of the only half-decent comic book movies from the decade alongside The Crow. While it was the first Marvel film to have box office success, it also help breed similar projects, namely the Underworld franchise.
Kate Beckinsale was asked at New York Comic-Con (via Comicbook.com) while promoting Underworld: Blood Wars about a possible crossover with the Daywalker himself and her answer was more interesting than you’d expect.
“No. We had that idea. No,” Beckinsale replied before dropping some tantalizing Bladeinformation. “They’re busy. They’re doing something with Blade.”
Beckinsale isn’t just the star of the vampire vs werewolves series of films, her ex-husband Len Wiseman co-created it. So, she has a lot of insight and input in the development process of the movies.
We’ve heard rumblings of Marvel considering making Blade 4 and even a Netflix series over the last couple of years.
The Hollywood Reporter mentioned back in 2013, that a script for a new Blade had been developed at Marvel alongside a draft for Captain Marvel. This wasn’t long after the rights reverted from New Line Cinema back to Marvel Studios.
Beyond that, the company is tight-lipped about its plans. Marvel has a writing program it uses as a concept generator and has scripts for Blade and Ms. Marvel features, for example.
Since then, the studio has been sitting the rights, even with Idris Elba said to have been in unsuccesful talks with Marvel for the role and Star Wars‘ John Boyega voicing his own desire to play Blade as well. We’re seeing a lot of cross-pollination between Marvel and Star Wars, with that thinking Boyega might have a real shot if Snipes is recast.
However, Wesley Snipes has also stoked the fire repeatedly, stating he’s had positive talks with Marvel about the future of Blade.
“There’s always a possibility, you know. It’s in Marvel’s hands. They’re controlling the pace and the flow with that. Conversations have been good. They see the value in it. We see the value in it,” Snipes said. “I’m still in shape enough and fit enough to handle the role. We’ll see how it goes. I don’t really know what’s going to happen to it yet.”
There had also been talk that his daughter Fallon Grey could involved in the project as well, she was expected to get her own comic run at Marvel until the series was put on hold.
Here’s some excellent concept art by Rockstar Games artist Jamie-Lee Lloyd.
At least we know that Ryan Reynolds won’t be back as Hannibal King, considering the nightmare stories about what happen on set I don’t blame him.
Could Blade be heading back to the big/small screen soon?