Marvel has paused the Blade reboot starring Mahershala Ali.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film was in pre-production in Atlanta with director Bassam Tariq. However, he left the project two weeks ago. Production on the film is now paused. The movie was scheduled to begin filming in November. Tariq supposedly left the film due to changes in the production schedule, but the studio hopes to restart production in early 2023. Blade is now scheduled to be released in Sept. 2024.
Blade made its initial appearance in the Marvel comic series during the 1970s via the comic book The Tomb of Dracula #10. The character is known as a vampire hunter who is half-mortal and half-immortal.
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Ali, a two-time Academy Award-winner, replaced Wesley Snipes who played the role in three films, Blade, Blade II and Blade: Trinity, from 1998 to 2004. The series grossed $204 million at the box office and is considered to be the unofficial kick-off of modern comic book movie culture.