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A 'Blade' Reboot + Luke Cage & Black Panther Movies Are On Marvel's Development Slate

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by Tambay A. Obenson
May 8, 2013 5:29 PM
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Reading THIS report on The Hollywood Reporter's website titled Marvel Cliffhanger: Robert Downey Jr.'s $50 Million Sequel Showdown, I came across this in the penultimate paragraph: 

Even as Phase 2 gets under way with Iron Man 3 and sequels to Thor and Captain America, Marvel is working on Phase 3. Ant-Man, a project to be directed by Edgar Wright, has a release date of Nov. 6, 2015. 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. Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Black Panther and The Runaways are other projects on the horizon. The company slowly has been reacquiring licenses to characters it lost during the 1990s, snapping up Blade, Ghost Rider, Power Man and Daredevil in the past year alone.

Discussions on the potential for a Black Panther movie certainly aren't new (the latest rumor is that Chadwick Boseman is Marvel's top pick for the role); the same goes for Luke Cage/Power Man (lots of names have been tossed around for the part); but we haven't talked about the potential for a Blade franchise reboot very much - definitely not as much of the first 2.

There was the Blade anime series which aired on the G4 channel last year, in 11 successive half-hour episodes every week after its debut.

Harold Perrineau provided the voice for the titular character which saw Blade on the hunt to avenge the death of his mother, taking him to Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Cambodia in an effort to take down the evil villain, Deacon Frost, with vampire hunter Makoto at his side.

It actually was a good series. I enjoyed it.

You should know that the entire 12-episode season is available right now, on iTunes and Amazon VOD, if you haven't seen it. It's also on DVD.

And, as I recall, while he was still in prison, last year, Wesley Snipes, the star of the first trilogy of Blade films, said that he'd like to return to the franchise when he got out of prison:

Some people forget or overlook my/our contribution to this current trend. The 'Gaming' community knows and the streets give us credit, but the movie world frequently plays us like the 'ugly step child' or the 'kitchen help', especially when the conversation revolves around the 'boys in tights' or 'the bat'. Getting asked this question all the time, my response is: "Under the right circumstances, with the right team, yes, I'd do another one." But don't get me wrong, I'm not waiting around for the opportunity. I've got plenty to do, plus an unravelled character in the works who I think will give Blade a helluva run for his money. It would be nice to fulfill some of the really cool plans we had for Blade, but didn't get the chance to go live with.

The franchise didn't end well, with Blade: Trinity being the worst of the 3. But details on the chaos that was the set of that final film, during which Wesley said he felt disrespected and railroaded, and that the movie sucked as a result, were shared in a post that you can read HERE.

I doubt that Marvel would reboot the franchise with Wesley starring. They'd more than likely go after a younger actor to fill the role, in a redo.

But based on the above THR report, it looks like movies based on Black Panther, Luke Cage and Blade are somewhere in Marvel's development pipeline, and it's more of a matter of when than if.

Although of the 3, I won't be surprised if we see a Blade reboot first, given that it's already been *tested* and was successful overall. We know how risk-averse studios are; they'd rather go with something that's worked before.

Stay tuned.


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18 Comments

  • kingdaywalker | November 5, 2013 3:18 AMReply

    i dont think they should do a blade reboot i would like to see a part 4 with michael morphius, nobody can play blade better than wesley. Some people said idris Elba but he has no fighting skills and hes already himdall in thor, which is a great role for him. As for as the black panther i would go with the guy from 42 chadwick boseman, and luke cage michael jai white or the rock, i love terry crews but i dont think he could carry a big movie alone.

  • kingdaywalker | November 5, 2013 3:18 AMReply

    i dont think they should do a blade reboot i would like to see a part 4 with michael morphius, nobody can play blade better than wesley. Some people said idris Elba but he has no fighting skills and hes already himdall in thor, which is a great role for him. As for as the black panther i would go with the guy from 42 chadwick boseman, and luke cage michael jai white or the rock, i love terry crews but i dont think he could carry a big movie alone.

  • Justin D. | May 10, 2013 10:22 PMReply

    Now if only Marvel could reacquire the rights to X-Men and The Fantastic 4 (fat chance of that happening I know, but still...) I could be truly excited. Still, with Blade and Ghost Rider back under their umbrella, and Dr. Strange already in the works, maybe Marvel can begin working on a Midnight Sons film.

  • Spirit Equality | May 9, 2013 11:33 AMReply

    I think it would be a good idea to at least let Wesley produce the "Blade" reboot, he clearly has an in-depth understanding of the character and knows how to make Blade a marketable film property. The numbers at the box office for the first two Blade films prove that.

  • K. Westonian | May 16, 2013 2:04 AM

    I think that would be a great idea and a good career move for Snipes. Who best to make the rebooted character retain the true essence of Blade than the original blueprint. However, Im thinking Marvel may try to go in a different direction to distance itself from Snipes altogether even as a producer, what with his legal woes. Hopefully they won't hold that against him but this is a business. Nothing personal. Let's see what they do.

  • Donella | May 9, 2013 4:21 PM

    If Wesley produced, then maybe... I'm on the fence.

  • CHRISCRAZYHOUSE | May 9, 2013 6:21 AMReply

    Thank you massa for finally acknowledging me and making superheroes that I can go to the movies to see. I know that there are thousands of independent black creators around the globe who have been struggling and making comics and cartoons for me, but that means nothing. Those books do not have your stamp of approval on it. I have to make sure I give all my hard earned dollars to you and you alone. Thank you massa. You always know how to make me feel like I am somebody.

  • Donella | May 9, 2013 4:20 PM

    Funny!

  • HarveyDent322 | May 9, 2013 4:25 AMReply

    I'd love to see well-made Black Panther and Luke Cage movies but I have serious doubts that Marvel/Disney is willing to make the characters' grounded backstories mesh with the studio's popcorn sensibilities. The Panther is the ruler of a secluded African nation that was never colonized while Cage is a wrongly convicted Black man who was experimented on while in prison. Those two origins may be too much heavy lifting for Marvel's lightweight superhero aesthetic to try to carry no matter the desire to see them both on the screen.

  • K. Westonian | May 16, 2013 1:57 AM

    I can see them going with the Luke Cage story more than any. That would have the better chance of yielding sequels. Companies like Disney are more comfortable exploiting an urban black character who gets tortured in prison than a noble king of a civilized African nation.

  • Donella | May 8, 2013 9:14 PMReply

    I'm interested in the "something new" Wesley's hinted at. I wonder if he's talking about Ghostwalker or another character he's working on.

  • UncleBiz | May 28, 2013 2:42 PM

    he's talking about Brother Voodoo.

  • K. Westonian | May 16, 2013 2:06 AM

    You mean "Gallowwalker"?

  • Adam Scott Thompson | May 8, 2013 8:06 PMReply

    The "Blade" franchise should never have been allowed to go dormant.

  • K. Westonian | May 16, 2013 1:53 AM

    Agreed. The writer David S. Goyer was on some bs and let his ego get out of control when he got the director's chair, in a move I still don't understand for a first-time director getting a big budget movie. He butted heads with Snipes, who he was friendly with before and felt he was more important than the star. Snipes already has an big ego and Im sure that contributed to it but you don't disrespect your money cow. Now the franchise is dead when it could have yielded a good four of five movies and made everybody rich, especially Marvel. Should have been McD's and BK action figures and Halloween costumes. I'd love to see Snipes back in the role but too much time has come and gone and it's probably time to reboot it as a prequel with the early development of Eric Brooks before he became Blade: The Daywalker.

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  • Justin W | May 9, 2013 9:17 AM

    Did you read the article man? It's mostly talking about Blade and a possibility of a reboot.

  • Said in Los Angeles | May 8, 2013 11:41 PM

    You mean, there's actually other Black characters in comic-books? Perish the thought...

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