Marvel recently announced a Blade reboot, which will star Oscar winner Mahershala Ali as the titular character. Details on the project are scarce, but we now have at least one good contender for the directing job in the form of David Leitch.
For those who may not know him by name, David Leitch got his start in the business as a stuntman and has since transitioned into directing. Some of his credits include the first John Wick, Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2. Leitch has been making the rounds to promote his latest movie, Hobbs & Shaw and, during a chat with Screen Rant, the filmmaker was asked about possibly helming the Blade reboot.
“I love Blade. And it’s actually one of the first stunt jobs that I was in, the original Wesley Snipes one,” Leitch said. “I was a stunt performer in that movie. I was in the blood club. You remember that scene? Yes, dancing around in the recycled special effects blood. It was great.”
“Mahershala is such a great actor, and I’ve been fortunate to work with some great actors, and I never go wrong that way,” Leitch said. “Having him play that role is a big deal and would be really exciting. So yeah, I would love to have that conversation.”
On paper, Leitch feels like a great fit. Not only did he prove with Deadpool 2 that he can tackle a Marvel movie with great success, both critically and commercially, but he’s proved he really knows his way around an action movie. Plus, he’s got a connection to the franchise already. All of the pieces, it would seem, are in place.
That said, it may be some time before Marvel ends up making any decisions on this front. Blade won’t be coming until, at the very earliest, 2022, as it’s going to be part of the studio’s Phase 5 lineup. The project was announced at San Diego Comic-Con, primarily as a way to provide fans with a welcome surprise.
Phase 4 will consist of Black Widow, Eternals, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Thor: Love and Thunder, on the movie side. Phase 4 will also include Disney+ shows like WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Loki and Hawkeye.
Scarce as details may be, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed in an interview with Fandango that this reboot came along because Mahershala Ali wanted to do it. Plain and simple.
“We have, for years, wanted to find a new way into Blade. We love that character. We love that world. Now with Dr. Strange, and the supernatural elements coming into the MCU, it felt like we could definitely start exploring that,” Feige said. “Mahershala wanted to come in and meet with us. And when Mahershala wants to meet, you take the meeting. And I think he had just come off of his second Academy Award. And we were talking very polite and he was talking about what a fan he is, and then he just cut right to it, and was like ‘Blade.” And we were like, ‘Yes.'”
So what do you think? Would David Leitch make a good fit for Blade? Is there another director better suited for the job? Sound off in the comments!