Rumors: ‘Blade’ Maintains Intent for “R” Rating With Script Revision by Michael Green

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Marvel has several upcoming projects slated for release in the coming years. Many of these projects have been stuck in limbo due to the historic SAG-AFTRA strike, causing delays and cancellations throughout the industry. One highly anticipated project facing pre-strike issues is ‘Blade,’ an MCU-based film featuring Eric Brooks, a renowned vampire hunter. This reboot of the popular ‘Blade’ trilogy, which played a significant role in shaping the MCU, has experienced setbacks.

While details about the ‘Blade’ movie are scarce, it’s known that Mahershala Ali initiated the project and will portray the titular character. Initially scheduled for a 2023 release, the movie’s debut has been pushed to 2025 due to Ali’s dissatisfaction with the script.

Director Yann Demange recently confirmed that the film will receive an R-rating, making it the second MCU movie to do so after ‘Deadpool 3.’ This rating is deemed necessary for the movie’s authenticity.

Recently, rumors circulated that Mahershala Ali had withdrawn from the project due to further delays. However, insider Daniel Richtman suggests otherwise, indicating that Ali is content with the evolving storyline, despite significant changes. Michael Green has been enlisted for script rewrites with a focus on maintaining the R-rating, a goal emphasized by Demange several months prior.

Just a few months back, Ali nearly walked away from the project due to additional delays. Remember, the concept for the ‘Blade’ movie originated from him, and he brought the script to the studio. However, many fans have noted that Ali, now 50 years old, has limited time to convincingly portray action characters.


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Originally set for a 2023 release, the ‘Blade’ movie has been delayed over two years due to various production issues and the SAG-AFTRA strike. The new estimated release date is November 7, 2025. Given rumors of ongoing changes, further delays seem likely.

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