Marvel appoints Yann Demange as ‘Blade’ director, replacing Bassam Tariq

Blade has found a new director. Yann Demange, best known for directing the pilot of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country” and the films “’71” and “White Boy Rick,” has joined the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe vampire movie. THR first broke the news. IndieWire has reached out to Marvel representatives.

Additionally, Michael Starrbury has been hired to write a new script for the feature film, which stars Mahershala Ali as the Marvel Comics vampire character. Starrbury was nominated for an Emmy in 2019 for his work on Ava DuVernay’s limited Netflix series ‘When They See Us’.

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The news comes after original director, Bassam Tariq, left the film in September and parted ways with the project, just two months before production began in Atlanta in November.

“Due to ongoing shifts in our production schedule, Bassam will no longer be continuing as a director on ‘Blade,’ but will remain an executive producer on the film,” Marvel said in a statement shared with media at the time. “We appreciate Bassam’s talent and all the work he’s done to get Blade where it is.”

Tariq said, “It has been an honor to work with the wonderful people at Marvel. We were able to put together a great cast and crew. I wonder where the next director will take the film.”

Tariq, whose last film was “Mogul Mowgli” with Riz Ahmed, spoke to IndieWire last September with unbridled excitement about the project.

“We can’t deny what Wesley Snipes did, which was he got this whole ball rolling,” he said. “A black man created the superhero world we are in, that’s just the truth. That I’m now working with someone as talented and juggernaut as Mahershala Ali and the writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour, I’m just so — I’m so honored. For me to just be in this room with them and listen and learn as I build this out, it’s really an honor.

Based on the comics by Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan, Snipes first portrayed the half-vampire slayer with supernatural abilities and dexterous martial arts skills in New Line Cinema’s 1998 film. It became a franchise with “Blade II” and “Blade: Trinity”.

Tariq follows in the footsteps of a select few other directors who have stepped out of Marvel projects: Scott Derrickson left “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” before Sam Raimi stepped in, and Jon Watts dropped out with the upcoming “Fantastic Four” reboot. , replaced by Matt Shakman.

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