WASHINGTON – After extensive research that took months of meeting a multitude of talents, Marvel’s new film “Blade” found its director in filmmaker Bassam Tariq.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Pakistani-American director is currently in talks to lead the feature film project, concluding research that began in the fall of 2020. He is known to have directed the rap drama “Mogul Mowgli”, which he said. he also co-wrote. with star Riz Ahmed. Two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali will play Blade, a half-human, half-vampire who stalks the night to hunt down vampires.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige revealed Ali’s cast at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2019, with the executive noting that the actor informed Marvel that he would like to play the character after winning his second Oscar, for “Greenbook”.
Despite the early announcement of the film’s lead role, it wasn’t until the middle of 2020 that Marvel really started refining the stakes for its creative team’s research.
Meticulously searching for the right scribe, the studio spent months, eventually landing on Watchmen’s Stacy Osei-Kuffour in February, who thus became Marvel’s first black writer.
“Blade” made its debut in issue 10 of “Tomb of Dracula” from 1973. It was created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan and was subsequently played by Wesley Snipes in three films made by New Line Cinema from 1998 to 2004 Stephen Norrington, Guillermo del Toro and Goyer respectively directed the trilogy.
India-West Reporter adds: Tariq, director, producer and screenwriter, was born in Karachi, Pakistan. He co-directed and produced the Sundance-funded documentary “These Birds Walk” (2013) with Omar Mullick, and it was named in Filmmaker’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2012, according to Wikipedia.org.