Marvel Studios’ ‘Blade’ has been both highly anticipated and notably problematic, making it a standout among recent projects we’ve covered. Rumors about the movie’s development initially surfaced in 2016, but it wasn’t until 2022 that production finally commenced, marking the beginning of the project’s challenges. Bassam Tariq, the original director, stepped down due to shifts in the film’s production schedule. Following Tariq’s departure, production came to a complete halt, leaving the movie in limbo, with a scheduled release date set for September 2024—an initial deadline that has since passed.
About a year ago, Yann Demange took the reins as the new director, with Michael Starrbury collaborating on a revised script. Mahershala Ali, the actor slated for the main titular role, held a genuine passion for the ‘Blade’ project. The announcement of another production shutdown, this time due to the Writers Guild of America Strike, wasn’t surprising, leading to the inevitable delay of the movie’s release to early 2023. The most recent rumors we’ve covered hint at the possibility of ‘Blade’ being canceled altogether.
Fortunately, there’s a bright future ahead for the project. Not only is ‘Blade’ currently in active development, but director Yann Demange shared in his interview with Deadline that the movie is set to have an “R” rating, emphasizing how significant this aspect is to him.
They gave me the R, which is so important.
Yann also commented on what it was like working with Ali.
But for Blade, we are going to have fun because Mahershala is such a deep actor. I’m excited to show a kind of ruthlessness, a roughness he has, that allows him to walk the earth in a particular way. I love him for that. He’s got a dignity and integrity, but there is a ferocity there that he usually keeps under the surface. I want to unleash that and put it on the screen.
‘Blade’ is set to become the second MCU movie with a confirmed “R” rating, following ‘Deadpool 3.’ This signals a positive shift toward producing more mature content. Frankly, it’s hard to imagine ‘Blade’ working without the R rating, given that the original trilogy’s outstanding, over-the-top action was a key element of its greatness. Notably, the upcoming series ‘Echo’ has received a TV-MA rating, marking the first for MCU-based Disney+ shows.
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