Almost immediately after Mahershala Ali's casting as Blade was announced, the fanfare on Twitter hit fever pitch, with fans listing directors they believe can do Marvel's remake justice. A popular choice was the brains behind Us and Get Out, Jordan Peele. However, the Oscar winner has officially withdrawn his name from the race.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Peele said that he has no interest in directing Blade for one specific reason.
"So many of those properties — it's a childhood dream to be able to essentially see what you saw in your imagination as a child, watching or reading or whatever you were doing with that stuff," he said. "It's a filmmaker's dream. But you know, I feel like I only have so much time. I have a lot of stories to tell, and it just doesn't feel right."
Peele, who is currently producing the forthcoming Candyman reboot, has previously made it known that his mission as a filmmaker is to create original stories rather than reimagining big franchises.
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