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Wesley Snipes From Prison On "Blade," "Julius Styles: The International" + Projects In Development

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 11, 2011 7:40 AM
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Prison isn't stopping Wesley Snipes from stacking up projects for when he gets out.

It's not getting in the way of him doing interviews either; the folks at IGN got an exclusive with Wesley from behind bars in which he talked about plans that are already in the works, or that will be once he's out of the Pen.

One of those projects is a collaborating with Lapland Studios to produce and star in a new action game titled Julius Styles: The International, which Snipes originally planned to make into a feature film, also starring himself, but was convinced to first try to build interest via a video game, which is what he's done.

The game is now available in the Apple AppStore, for the iPhone and iPad, and will later expand to Xbox, PlayStation, Wii and the Android Market.

So, what's the game-soon-to-be-a-film about? "This project was inspired by my desire to bring my 'Art of War,' 'Murder at 1600' and 'Passenger 57' characters into the game world. Julius Styles will offer something for both the mind game strategist and the kick-ass special ops warrior lover," said Snipes.

The project is said to have been in development for the last over 12 months, with the end goal being to create an established brand, making it easier to sell the movie, which will go into production after Snipes gets out of jail.

"We know his current situation... We did extensive meetings and conference calls and have gone into such details about the character in the run up to this that all the ground work for the game has been done. We intend to expand upon the game and have multiple episodes over multiple platforms with the aim of creating an established brand. There is absolutely a film in mind for a few years from now and it will be one of the first movies Wesley does after his release," said Warren Derosa, co-CEO of Elstree Studios Productions, who are also involved in the deal.

I embedded a trailer for the game below.

But what else did Wesley tell IGN he had up his sleeve?

On returning to the Blade franchise:

Some people forget or overlook my/our contribution to this current trend. The 'Gaming' community knows and the streets give us credits, 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 fulfil some of the really cool plans we had for Blade, but didn't get the chance to go live with.

Ahh, so he's got some other ideas for a new character.

On other projects lined up for when he's out:

Yes, a fantastic animated project titled Omandi Mech 5, which is a futuristic sci-fi action adventure centered around a family of warrior scientist whose son is resurrected in the body of a giant hero robot, a MECH. Along with the allied freedom fighting forces of N.A.R.A., they battle pre-human evolution beings, who set out to reclaim the surface planet and reduce the earthlings to beasts of burden and FOOD. I screened about 18 minutes of footage, in motion graphic format, for exec at EA, who loved it. No firm deal as of yet, but prospects look great. There are also plans to build a feature and video game around the 'graphic novel' concept Antoine Fuqua and I created titled "After Dark". The graphic novel, produced in partnership with Radical Comics, is currently on the market... Truthfully, we have about 5 cross-platform, franchise-able products in different stages of development or production. Something for grown-ups, something for kids, and something for 'grown-up kids'. The martial arts gets a look in all of them. Young people will love the "Jaycen Wise" adventure series.

We've previously written about Omandi Mech 5 (HERE); however, the Jaycen Wise adventure series may not be familiar. If it isn't, you can start HERE.

We're rooting for ya Wes! :)

Check out IGN for the full interview HERE.

Here's the game trailer for Julius Styles: The International:

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12 Comments

  • Dankwa Brooks | August 12, 2011 10:59 AMReply

    And I agree with pretty much everything Jake said below.

  • Dankwa Brooks | August 12, 2011 10:58 AMReply

    As Wesley is way old, I would like to see him to make a good Blade film to wrap up his role in the franchise. Blade: Trinity sucked more than the vampires (Yeah I worked hard for that joke).

    Dream casting John Boyega (Attack the Block) as Blade Jr. a hereunto (yeah I made that word up) son of Blade and that black chick from Blade 1 N'Bushe Wright. That would be SO kick ass and dude (Boyega) already knows how to handle a samurai sword LOL. (In Attack the Block)

    As vampires are STILL hot, there is room for another good Blade movie

  • Jake | August 12, 2011 9:36 AMReply

    He's completely right about the Blade thing. I've been saying that for years.

    No one mentions that it was Blade (NOT the first X Men movie) that kick started the whole comic book superhero movie boom. Blade was a far bigger risk than X Men was seeing as how X Men was coming off of the most popular comic book series of that decade plus a very popular cartoon show whereas Blade was an obscure Marvel character (at the time) plus it was a rated R film starring a black actor. Yet it was really successful at the box office.

    That movie even did what people claim Iron Man did a full decade before. It took a lesser known comic book character and brought it to the mainstream. Again, it's far more impressive in Snipes' case because Blade was a character so little known that only the most hardcore of the hardcore comic book fans would've known. Iron Man wasn't as popular as say Spider-Man but he certainly wasn't obscure like Blade was.

    Don't think it's a coincidence that there is little to no mention of the impact that the first Blade film had and the fact that Blade is a black character. Treated like an "ugly step child" indeed.

  • Neziah | August 12, 2011 2:29 AMReply

    It's about time we see this awesome actor get back into real business.

    FREE WESLEY SNIPES.

  • Tamara | August 12, 2011 2:07 AMReply

    @ Jake's comment, YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    Blade was a far bigger risk than X Men...Blade was an obscure Marvel character (at the time) plus it was a rated R film starring a black actor. Yet it was really successful at the box office.

    And Kris Kristofferson has never been as ornery and hoary as he was in that role. Okay so he's always that way. But YESSSS agree so much that Blade was and simply is magnificent and did something GREAT for these comic-book/action-hero print-to-film characters. I'm not big into comics. Didn't know who Blade was prior to the role. Same thing for Brandon Lee in The Crow which I 'think' was a graphic novel/comic, as well? Both of those films were and are great..continue to be great. And I tell you there's one scene...it's such a small thing, really, and I know I'm hijacking the thread again, but there's one scene in "Blade" that made me 'see' how different the movie was compared to other action/comic movies around the same time. The tonal quality alone was a step above the rest.

    The scene of which I speak? Blade in his car driving on the road, over a bridge. Can't quite remember where. But the composition of the shot and how the camera panned back, zoomed in, then out as the car accelerated... I can't even describe it and like I said it's probably nothing to you guys, but I liked the shot. Reminded me of another scene in another favorite film which I won't mention because I've already overstayed my welcome in derailing the train of discussion you all have going on.

    It's cool that Wesley is yet grinding.

  • JMac | August 11, 2011 10:45 AMReply

    That's what I was thinking Dankwa. He needs to start getting some Morgan Freeman type roles. Putting him in another action film would be like watching Harrison Ford in Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls. However, I'm glad he's keeping the ball rolling.

    Can't say he needs to be freed but next time Wes, pay your taxes and make sure they are paid. Uncle Sam doesn't play esp. in a recession.

  • Screen Nation | August 11, 2011 9:27 AMReply

    Great ideas, great actor, great man.

    FREE Wesley Snipes.

  • other song | August 11, 2011 9:04 AMReply

    Finally! some stuff that sounds innovative.

    Good luck Wes.

  • Dankwa Brooks | August 11, 2011 8:42 AMReply

    I dig Wesley as our only real action star of the past decade or so, but isn't homeboy like way old? I'd rather see him get all "Mickey Rourke" and flex those ACTING muscles we all know he has. Acting not action is one of those things he can truly do into old age.

    Now that I've said that FREE WESLEY!

  • Cmonow | August 11, 2011 8:41 AMReply

    A game named after actress Julia Styles? Quite a stretch. But interesting....

  • LvFlg | August 11, 2011 8:34 AMReply

    stay strong WS!

  • urbanauteur | August 11, 2011 8:30 AMReply

    That's right Blade, keep it movin....

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