The Blade reboot has a new writer and director, following a pause in the production earlier in September, courtesy of a story from The Hollywood Reporter. Stepping behind the camera is Yann Derange, a director best known for his work on HBO’s horror series Lovecraft Country, and he’ll be working alongside Mahershala Ali, who is still set to star in the film. The French-born director’s other work includes the films ’71 and White Boy Rick while directing the entire series of Dead Set and the first series of Top Boy.

Michael Starrbury is reportedly joining the creative team to write the script, whose work includes the Emmy-nominated episode Ava DuVernay’s drama When They See Us. His other work includes the coming-of-age drama, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & PeteColin in Black & White, and The Come Up, currently in pre-production.

Sources close to The Hollywood Reporter suggest the Blade film will be dark and gritty in its tone and adopt an edgier feel that’ll set it apart from traditional Marvel fare. Plot details and casting information remain scarce at this stage, but we’ll keep you posted on any updates.

Presently, the Blade reboot is scheduled to feature in the roster for Phase 5, which begins with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which received its first trailer in October, and after Thunderbolts, which debuts July 26, 2024. The Blade reboot is expected to land in cinemas on September 6, 2024, following a recent release reshuffle from Marvel. For all future Marvel updates – stay tuned with FlickLuster.

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