Marvel Studios Taps Bassam Tariq To Direct Mahershala Ali’s ‘Blade’
Marvel Studios is making progress on its upcoming Blade reboot starring Mahershala Ali. According to Deadline, Bassam Tariq, director of Mogul Mowgli, is in talks to helm the film.
Created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan, Blade’s first appearance was in The Tomb of Dracula #10 in July 1973. A human-vampire hybrid, Blade, real name Eric Brooks, has devoted his life to ridding the world of all vampires. Utilizing his unique physiology to become the perfect vampire hunter as the Daywalker. Moreover, the antihero was portrayed by Wesley Snipes in a trilogy of live-action films from New Line Cinema. Additionally, the character has appeared alongside The Avengers in Spider-Man: The Animated Series and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., voiced by J.D. Hall and Terry Crews, respectively.
According to the report, Kevin Feige, Ali, and studio executives have been meeting with dozens of candidates since the fall. Originally, they were considering writing-director options but ultimately separated the two roles. After tapping Osei-Kuffour to write the script, the search for a director began in March, ending with Tariq winning the position.
Tariq is best known for directing the critically acclaimed film Mogul Mowgli starring Riz Ahmed. Blade will mark his first major picture of this size.
Currently, Ali appears in the Golden Globe-winning Hulu series Ramy. Up next, he will portray the legendary boxer Jack Johnson in a new biographical series titled Unruly. Moreover, Ali lends his voice to the animated superhero series Invincible alongside J.K. Simmons and Mark Hamill and star in Swan Song along with Naomie Harris and Awkwafina.
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