With the unfortunate recent news that Bassam Tariq has left Blade, I started thinking about what directors could take over and still deliver a worthy project. The New Line Cinema Blade films all had some pretty great directors. Stephen Norrington, Guillermo Del Toro, and David S. Goyer all had the pleasure of directing Marvel’s vampire anti-hero. However, Feige wants a person of color in the director’s chair this time around. Of course, Ryan Coogler is all over the Black Panther franchise as director, so he’s out. Who else could take such a fan favorite franchise and crush the Box Office? Here are five directors that I think could lead the Blade franchise.
5. Gina Prince-Blythewood
Gina Prince-Blythewood most recently directed The Woman King, which has made $38.4 million so far at the box office. It cost $50 million, so it will easily recoup the budget. The Woman King has a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and is a well-rounded film with exciting action and acclaimed performances. These aspects lead me to believe that Prince-Blythewood would do wonders with a Blade film, especially one rated R. If The Woman King is any indicator, she can make one hell of a film.
4. Nia DaCosta
Yes, I know, she’s making The Marvels. Hear me out, though. I think she would be an even better fit for Blade. A vampire film can be a lot of things; action and horror being two of them. Nia DaCosta did an incredible job with Candyman and got a wonderful performance by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. She and Mahershala Ali would absolutely do wonders with Blade. There are several ways to approach the film, and I think DaCosta can be creative with any of them.
3. Gerard McMurray
Gerard McMurray, director of The First Purge, delivered an action-packed film with all the spooky stuff necessary for a Blade film. In fact, I was all in on Y’lan Noel playing Blade. Regardless of who plays Blade, McMurray has an understanding of camera angles, action, and how to keep an audience interested. McMurray would absolutely give us one of the best Blade films we could hope for. He was slowly mastering the art of the action film, and I, for one, would love to see him direct Blade. I think he brings all the necessary intangibles to the director’s chair, and with Feige and company behind him, McMurray could craft something special.
2. Antoine Fuqua
An action film legend. Antoine Fuqua that’s created some of the best action films I’ve ever seen. Whether the lead is Denzel Washington, Jake Gyllenhaal, or Bruce Willis, he’s delivered. He’s directed films with some of the most sought-after talents in Hollywood, so I think Blade would be a cakewalk. No, he doesn’t have a horror film background, but he can pick that up as we move along. It’s more of an action film, anyway. In all honesty, none of the Blade films have hit hard in the horror department outside of Blade II, so he’s safe. It’s a fun thought to have a legendary director like Fuqua helm a legendary character like Blade.
1. Jordan Peele
I mean, at some point he’ll come around, right? He was once in talks to direct DC’s The Flash a long time ago, but Jordan Peele has now stated he doesn’t want to make a CBM. What if Blade could get him to change his mind? It would be his chance to completely change the CBM game forever. Multiverse of Madness and Werewolf by Night seem to have actually pulled off horror in the MCU. Why not let Peele get a crack at it next? Just throw him a blank check and let him create. There are so many ways Peele can help with Blade and the issues we’ve heard rumors of. Besides the fact that he’s an all-around incredible director, he has three films back to back with a minimum 80% on Rotten Tomatoes. Why not?
So, there you have it. My list of directors that could take over Blade includes a mix of young and experienced filmmakers. Some savvy people that understand what it takes to be successful in Hollywood, and would absolutely do wonders with Blade. Get Mr. Feige on the phone, and I’m sure he would take a name off this list in an instant.
What do you guys think? Is there anybody you would add to this list? If so, sound off in the comments below!
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