MCU ‘Blade’ Reboot’s Woes Continue With Loss of Director Yann Demange

 

Marvel Studios’ Blade revival is looking for a third director after Yann Demange left the Mahershala Ali film. Following in the footsteps of original director Bassam Tariq, who departed the project in 2022, Demange has now “amicably” joined a growing list of directors who have been unable to see the project through.

 

Bringing Blade into the MCU decades after Wesley Snipes’ hit films was a long and difficult process, with several major hurdles, including nearly losing its key star. Since its unveiling at SDCC in 2019, Blade has gone through a number of writers, received concerns from Ali about the lack of action in the initial script, and is now once again without a director as the production start date approaches.

 

According to The Wrap, Marvel has not yet commented on whether this latest setback will cause a revision in the film’s already-delayed November 2025 release date. For the time being, the director’s resignation is the only new change to the production, but with the film’s fast development already causing alarm among fans, it is in a perilous position. It’s important to note Marvel is not saying anything.

 

 

We’re also hearing reports that Marvel is already looking for Demange’s replacement, but would not rush into any decisions, even if it means another delay for the project. They certainly won’t announce anything before a new director is signed on.

 

The script has been reworked multiple times, and it appears to be occurring again, with Fantastic Four writer Eric Pearson being part of the team working on the latest iteration. Although no one seems to be able to pinpoint exactly why the arrival of the Daywalker in the MCU is causing such a stumbling block, Mahershala Ali remains loyal to the project, and Blade is far from dead.

 

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