Back before Marvel Studios cemented its stranglehold on quality comic book filmmaking, New Line made a splash at the box office using a much less family friendly Marvel hero, half-vampire vampire hunter Blade. In what many fans referred to as perfect casting, Wesley Snipes assumed the Blade role on the big-screen back in 1998, turning a character general audiences weren’t too familiar with at the time into a bonafide superstar.
Blade was a big hit, leading to the creation of Guillermo Del Toro’s 2002 sequel Blade II, which some hold up as even better than the original. Unfortunately, a combination of dreadful 2004 threequel Blade: Trinity and Snipes’ legal issues killed the franchise dead, seemingly forever. Marvel still has yet to include Blade in any of its current cinematic or television universes, and no plans have been announced for them to do so. That said, if a new report is to be believed, a fourth Blade film may yet be on the horizon.
According to the report, Wesley Snipes is in final negotiations to play Blade one more time, and is set to make a cool $3 million for his efforts. Snipes will also reportedly receive a nice cut of the film’s overall profits. Whether this new project would be a sequel to the existing Blade series or a cinematic reboot is unclear, as is the question of whether Blade’s potential rebirth would be incorporated into the ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Readers should definitely take this story with a grain of salt though, as this report comes courtesy of the New York Daily News. That paper often runs with rumors and unsourced information, a lot of which ends up being bogus in the end. Still, they are occasionally right on the money, and fans have been clamoring for a new Blade movie for quite a few years now. It should also be noted that Snipes himself recently said that he wanted to return to the Blade role, and had come up with a few ideas for the script. It’s very possible that Marvel liked one of those ideas, and that it’s only a matter of time until the film is announced publicly. Stay tuned to iHorror for any future updates.