Deadline reports that Marvel Studios has found the new director of Blade.
The French Yann Demange will take up the baton of Bassam Tariq , who decided to leave the project last September. Michael Starrbury will write the screenplay.
Yann Demange , born in Paris to a French mother and an Algerian father, is known for ’71 and Cocaine – The true story of White Boy Rick , but also for his work in various TV series, including Diary of a respectable call girl, Dead Set , Criminal Justice and Lovecraft Country .
Michael Starrbury was Emmy nominated with Ava DuVernay for co-writing an episode of When They See Us . In addition, he wrote the black and white Colin series and film The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete .
Marvel Studios have taken their time to select a director, listening to the proposals of various filmmakers in recent weeks: Demange’s pitch has evidently impressed them, precisely hitting the tone they want to give to the film. This new Blade won’t be as dark as the Wesley Snipes trilogy , but it will still adopt a darker register than the previous chapters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe .
Beau DeMayo was working on the script (after a draft by Tariq and Stacy Osei-Kuffour ), but we don’t know if Starrbury will use it as a basis or start from scratch. Kevin Feige and the protagonist Mahershala Ali will be the producers of the film. The latter has already made his debut in the role of the Diurno: we have in fact heard his voice in the post-credits scene of Eternals .
Blade will be released on September 6, 2024 in US theaters. We will keep you posted.