Marvel's Blade director steps down again

Blade, a new film project in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), has lost its director again.

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The person who stepped down this time is Yann Demange from France, who was reported to have taken up the role in November 2022. He is believed to have been involved in the project for about a year and a half, but this time he has left due to circumstances that are reported to be "amicable". This is the second time that Blade has lost a director. Bassam Tariq was initially appointed director, but he suddenly left in September 2022 just before filming began. It was reported that this was due to scheduling conflicts.

The release date has already been postponed several times, and as of now, it is scheduled to be released in the US on November 7, 2025. There has been no word yet on any intention to postpone again due to Demange's departure. Currently, Marvel Studios is in the midst of a strategic shift and intends to reduce the number of theatrical films to about two to three per year. There are already four films scheduled for 2025, including Captain America: Brave New World (February), Thunderbolts (May), and The Fantastic Four (July). Given this, it seems likely that Blade will be postponed to 2026.

The twisty script is currently being worked on by Eric Pearson, who has also written Godzilla vs. Kong (2021), Black Widow (2021), and Thunderbolts (scheduled for 2025), and is currently writing the latest draft. After at least five writers were involved in the script, it was on the verge of becoming a "female-led story full of life lessons," but when lead actress Ali expressed her disapproval and threatened to quit, Michael Green, who has worked on Logan (2017), was brought in to write the serious style of the script.

"Blade" is a reboot that brings back the vampire hunter that Wesley Snipes played in the 1990s and 2000s in the MCU. It is a title that many old fans are looking forward to. It stars Mahershala Ali, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor twice for "Moonlight" (2016) and "Green Book" (2018). Mia Goth from "X" (2022) will co-star. For now, it is scheduled to be released in the US on November 7, 2025, and filming is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2024, but they cannot move forward unless they find a successor director. Let's keep an eye on the latest news.

Source: Deadline