Marvel Studios’ “Blade,” starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, has found its new director in Yann Demange, Variety reports.
The “Lovecraft Country” and “White Boy Rick” director takes the reins of the vampire slayer movie from Bassam Tariq, who exited the production in September. Demange will direct from a brand new script by Emmy nominee Michael Starrbury, which is said to be “darker than most MCU movies.” Starrbury replaces screenwriter Stacy Osei-Kuffour who was originally tapped to write the film’s script.
After Tariq’s departure from Blade, which was set to begin production in November, Marvel Studios focused on revamping the story and putting the right team in place, ultimately entering negotiations with Demange. For what it’s worth, Demange’s “Lovecraft Country” was such a woke, social-justice-themed TV series, that HBO cancelled it after only one season. The series portrayed the United States as a racist country swarming with white supremacists. It also vilified law enforcement by depicting police officers as members of a bizarre, murderous cult.
During this year’s Comic-Con presentation in July, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced that “Blade” is set to round out Marvel’s Phase Five, with “Deadpool 3” planned to debut in Nov. 8, 2024, and Phase Six to begin with “Fantastic Four” in 2025.
This news follows reports that the script for Marvel’s Blade was barely 90 pages long (typical feature films are at least 120 pages) and that it featured only two action sequences described as “lackluster.” Additionally, lead actor Ali is also “very frustrated” with the process, suggesting that Marvel boss Kevin Feige is being spread too thin and not taking the project seriously.