Marvel's Blade Movie Reboot Starring Mahershala Ali Gets A Writer

Marvel has selected the writer to bring its vampire hunter to life.

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Marvel has a huge slate of movies on the way over the next few years, but one of the most anticipated movies on the list is the upcoming Blade film. Blade is still a ways out, but Marvel has settled on a writer for the superhero horror film.

Stacy Osei-Kuffour will write Blade for Marvel Studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Osei-Kuffour worked previously as a writer and story editor on HBO's critically-acclaimed Watchmen and Amazon Prime's Nazi-hunting series Hunters. Marvel first revealed the project at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, where it also revealed that actor Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage, House of Cards, Moonlight) will step into the role once occupied by Wesley Snipes.

THR reports that Marvel spent the last six month searching for a writer before tapping Osei-Kuffour, and that Ali was directly involved. The team seriously considered only Black writers, focusing on diversity and representation. Osei-Kuffour becomes the first Black woman to write a Marvel film (Nia DaCosta will be the studio's first Black woman director with Captain Marvel 2.)

Along with Blade, Marvel's upcoming slate includes the much-delayed Black Widow (completed), The Eternals (completed), Spider-Man 3 (still untitled, currently filming), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (completed), Thor: Love and Thunder (currently filming), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (pre-production/filming), Captain Marvel 2 (pre-production), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (pre-production), Black Panther 2 (pre-production), and eventually films for Fantastic Four and X-Men. Blade does not yet have a release window.

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