John Wick director Chad Stahelski wanted to make the upcoming Blade something he told directly to Kevin Feige.
During an interview with ComicBook.com, the 53-year-old filmmaker and stuntman revealed that he once had a chat with the Marvel boss, and told him he wanted to make the upcoming Blade reboot.
“After John Wick 3, he was nice enough to carve out a big chunk of time and have a nice talk,” he revealed. “And he actually asked me, ‘What could we ever do?’ I was like, ‘Look, I’m not going to lie to you. I don’t know if I fit that kind of studio mold, but Blade would be the one interesting thing I’d like to do.’”
Blade is based on the Marvel comic book character who made his debut in The Tomb of Dracula #10 as a supporting character. A half-vampire himself, Blade is a renowned and merciless vampire hunter who was originally played by Wesley Snipes in the 1998 film and its sequels.
Now, Mahershala Ali has taken the title role in the upcoming reboot alongside Delroy Lindo.
Although Stahelski wanted to make the reboot himself, director Bassam Tariq will now helm the film based on a script by Stacy Osei-Kuffour.
“Marvel was very influential in my career,” said Stahelski. “I owe them a great deal. Kevin [Feige] is an awesome guy and I’ve worked for him many times on second unit.” Although the film is going ahead without him, Stahelski doesn’t hold a grudge… unlike John Wick.
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“I don’t know if I would have been the best choice for that in the direction they wanted to go,” he added. “If you want to do the edgy, rated R version, yeah, give me a call. If you want to be non-apologetic, yeah. That’s me. But I think they’re protecting their brand, they’re doing their thing. The individual they selected, I think is a very good director, and I think will do a great job in the direction that I think they want to take the property.”
Blade finally got an official release date at San Diego Comic Con, heading to the big screen on November 3, 2023.
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Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.