Yann Demange is the new director of Marvel’s Blade Reboot
Marvel’s search for a new Blade director has finally come to an end. The studio delayed the film by nearly a year last month after Bassam Tariq released in September. But now Deadline is announcing that Yann Demange has signed on to help with the upcoming reboot starring Mahershala Ali as the titular vampire hunter.
Currently, Demange has two feature film credits to her name. He made his directorial debut on the big screen in 2014 with ’71, which also won him Best Director at the British Independent Film Awards the same year. He followed that up with White Boy Rick in 2018. Demange also received critical acclaim for his television work. In 2020, he directs the first episode of HBO’s Lovecraft Country. As the show’s executive producer, he also shared his nomination for Outstanding Drama Series at the Emmy Awards in 2021.
According to Deadline’s sources, Blade will feature a “darker tone” than previous MCU projects. Either way, fans still shouldn’t expect it to be as dark as the original. Blade trilogy starring Wesley Snipes as the main character. Marvel spent weeks meeting with potential directors before handing the job over to Demange, who delivered his own exciting take on the property. The studio originally hoped to begin production this month with a view to releasing the film in late 2023. But cameras will start rolling in Atlanta next year instead.
Tariq was previously attached to direct Blade for over a year before dropping out over scheduling conflicts. However, issues with the film’s script may also have contributed to its recent delay. Rumors began circulating in October that the script was only 90 pages long and very light on the action. Perhaps that’s why Demange isn’t the only new face to join the production. Deadline also reports that Emmy nominee Michael Starrbury (Netflix’s When they see us) comes on board to write an all-new script, replacing earlier scribes like Stacy Osei-Kuffour (HBO’s watchmen) and Beau De Mayo (moon knight).
Blade will be released in theaters on September 6, 2024.
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