Mark Tonderai wants to take a stab at the Blade reboot. This, according to a recent interview the filmmaker did with the folks at ComicBookMovie.com. Tonderai is currently promoting his new movie Spell. He is known for his work on TV shows such as Locke & Key, as well as Gotham and Lucifer. Tonderai was asked about possibly taking on the much-anticipated project in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“I’d love to do Blade. Blade, for me, is right up my street in terms of my sensibilities,” Tonderai said. “I also think Stephen Norrington did a brilliant job with the first incarnation of it, and I’d argue that it was the first, other than Tim Burton’s Batman, superhero film that really revolutionised movies to where we are now. So, Blade, I would absolutely love to do.”
The Blade reboot was originally announced by Marvel Studios during San Diego Comic-Con in 2019. It was a complete surprise, with two-time Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali brought out on stage, announcing that he was starring in the leading role. Wesley Snipes previously played the part in a trilogy of live-action movies beginning in 1998.
Little movement has happened since the announcement was first made. It was recently reported that Marvel and Disney are on the hunt for a writer/writers to tackle the script. No director has officially been named to be in the running as of yet.
“[My desire to play Blade was] married with being so inspired by Wesley Snipes’ work and what he had done,” Ali recently shared on an episode of the Tight Rope podcast. “And how much had changed since his iteration of Blade, and how that had really sort of ushered in this era of Marvel and DC, sort of like comic book stuff. Since they were having conversations about bringing it back into being, I just wanted to be considered for it because I had definitely a connection, at least in my mind, to Wesley Snipes going back to high school. People use to joke and say that we looked alike and all this stuff. I just brought it up as someone who really wanted to take on that [Blade] role and tackle that.”
Phase 4 MCU movies include Black Widow, Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder.
Blade does not currently have a release date set.