Director Yann Demange Too Exits Marvel’s Blade Reboot

Yann Demange, renowned for Lovecraft Country, has exited as director of Marvel Studios' highly anticipated "Blade" reboot starring Mahershala Ali. This departure marks the project's second director loss, with Bassam Tariq having left in 2022. Demange amicably left the project weeks ago after a prolonged development phase spanning multiple years.
Director Yann Demange Too Exits Marvel’s Blade Reboot

Director Yann Demange Too Exits Marvel’s Blade Reboot

Filmmaker Yann Demange, known for Lovecraft Country, has stepped down as the director of Marvel Studios’ much-anticipated Blade reboot, starring Mahershala Ali. This marks the second directorial departure for the project, following Bassam Tariq's exit in 2022.

Development Woes

Yann Demange
Yann Demange
According to insiders, Demange amicably left the project weeks ago after a prolonged development phase spanning multiple years. The film has seen numerous screenwriters attempt the script, with Eric Pearson, co-writer of The Fantastic Four for Marvel, being the latest to join. Previous writers include Michael Green, Stacy Osei-Kuffour, Michael Starrbury, Beau DeMayo, and Nic Pizzolatto.

Release Date in Jeopardy

Although Marvel has not officially postponed Blade from its scheduled November 7, 2025, release, it appears increasingly unlikely that production will commence in time to meet this date. Upcoming Marvel films like Deadpool & Wolverine in 2024, and Captain America: Brave New World, Thunderbolts, and The Fantastic Four in 2025, are all significantly ahead in production. Disney CEO Bob Iger’s recent statement that Marvel will release “a maximum of three” movies annually further reduces the urgency for Blade.

A Long-Awaited Revival

Marvel announced the new Blade movie at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019 after Mahershala Ali pitched himself for the role to Marvel chief Kevin Feige. The character, originally portrayed by Wesley Snipes in a trilogy from 1998 to 2004, is a unique superhero with vampire-like abilities minus their weaknesses, making him a formidable foe against the undead.

Optimism from Ali

Despite the turbulent development, Mahershala Ali expressed optimism about the project’s direction in a December 2023 interview with Entertainment Weekly. “I’m sincerely encouraged in terms of where things are at and who’s on board and who’s leading the way as far as the writing of the script and the directing and all that,” Ali said, reflecting a positive outlook on the film's future.
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