Rumor: Wesley Snipes to Return as Blade?

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Rumor: Wesley Snipes to Return as Blade?

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NY Daily News claims Wesley Snipes will return to his iconic Marvel vampire-hunter franchise

It's easy to forget, but before The Guardians, before The Avengers, before Iron Man, before The X-Men and even before Spider-Man, the first Marvel Comics hero to make a big-screen splash in modern movies was the vampire-hunter Blade. Wesley Snipes played the title character in three theatrical features, the first two of which were box-office hits, providing a surprise career-resurgence that was cut short by his arrest and imprisonment for income tax evasion in 2006.

Now, the NY Daily News' "Confidenti@l" is reporting that the now-free action star (who most-recently appeared in The Expendables 3) is seeking to return to the franchise - the rights to which reverted from Warner Bros back to Marvel Studios in 2011. A year ago, it was reported that Marvel does indeed have a preliminary script for a new Blade feature, though it's unclear whether said script is for a new version of the character or a continuation of the previous series.

Introduced in the pages Marvel's Tomb of Dracula #10 in 1973, Blade (real name: Eric Brooks) is an half-human/half-vampire "Daywalker" who primarily battles vampires and other supernatural creatures. Though not originally one of Marvel's better known characters in his heyday, appearances in the 90s Spider-Man cartoon and the Snipes films elevated him to one of the more prominently-known African-American superheroes.

There has been no comment from Marvel Studios, Disney or Snipes as to the veracity of the report - which also claims that Snipes stands to earn a $3 million payday for the role along with a share of the profits.

Source: NY Daily News

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Get on that Marvel. I Want to see the shit out of that. The Blade movies were the shit when I was a kid. Shame about Trinity though.

I would definitely approve of this, so long as whoever scripted the 3rd movie is not involved. More Guillermo Del Toro. With his weird sensibilities for the surreal, his style, as shown in Blade 2, could be a better fit for integrating Blade as a character into the MCU somehow. It certainly worked for the Hellboy movies.

I hope the years haven't dulled his edge. I really enjoyed his sharp performance in the previous films.

Let's get him warmed up with a cameo on "Agents of Shield" :P

Jandau:
I hope the years haven't dulled his edge. I really enjoyed his sharp performance in the previous films.

He's done around a dozen or so low...budget?talent? action movies, that's about it. And according to Doug Walker, there's only been like three that have been absolutely bad because of his performance. He's kept himself in really good shape too considering how long he's been working.

In any case, I'm really looking forward to him returning, I'm not sure there's another actor that can be Blade as well as he did it. Now we just gotta get Kristofferson back too...

ZeroAxis:
Let's get him warmed up with a cameo on "Agents of Shield" :P

Oh dear...just imagine it...Colson/May and Blade...

Remus:
I would definitely approve of this, so long as whoever scripted the 3rd movie is not involved.

David S. Goyer wrote the scripts for all three films so make of that what you will.

The third film (to me) always reeked of Production/Warner Bros interference.

I think studios need to start realizing the earning potential of R18+ rated comic flicks. Hopefully if this has as much traction as is being reported, and it does well, it might pave the way for a proper Deadpool film.

Well, he probably would be the primary choice for a new Blade Movie. He and the movies did kind of re-define Blade as a character (as before the movies, he was just a normal human in the comics, not a half-vampire.)

Blade movies were freakin' awesome. But I hope new Blade doesn't have anything to do with the MCU. Vampires just wouldn't fit IMO.

Is he too old for the part maybe? I liked the first movie, second was... horrible (the cg fight scene in front of the lights, ugh), didn't bother with the third, mostly because of Ryan Reynolds.

I doubt he will be included as part of the MCU, he had nothing to do with the Avengers, apart from his peripheral involvement in Civil War.

008Zulu:
Is he too old for the part maybe? I liked the first movie, second was... horrible (the cg fight scene in front of the lights, ugh), didn't bother with the third, mostly because of Ryan Reynolds.

I doubt he will be included as part of the MCU, he had nothing to do with the Avengers, apart from his peripheral involvement in Civil War.

Ryan Reynolds is actually the only thing that makes that movie worth watching. He seemed to be the only one in the cast who wanted to make a good movie. Even Patton Oswalt (also in the movie) said Reynolds was the only good thing about working on that.

Since Marvel has the rights to Ghost Rider back as well, maybe we could finally get a big screen version of Midnight Sons?

Anyway, since he's already played a role opposite Sylvester Stallone, I think it's obvious what movie they NEED to be making, a long awaited sequel to Demolition Man. Which, all kidding aside, I do truly love despite it's baked in silliness.

Be well!

**POST EDITED IN LIGHT OF NEW INFORMATION**

Guess he needs the money.

I would be surprised if they bring him back after the nightmare shoot that was Blade Trinity. Remember? The film that was going to set up a spin off franchise? Here is a great interview with Patton Oswalt from the AV club: http://www.avclub.com/article/patton-oswalt-on-his-most-memorable-roles-and-givi-88860

AV Club:

PO: Oh, Christ. That was the third Blade movie. And there's a scene where Blade goes in and confronts this guy for harvesting humans. That scene was supposed to be the whole basis of the film. Blade is fighting for the last shred of humanity. But they thought that it was just so fucking grim, so they decided to just have Blade fighting Dracula. It was just one of those; it was a very troubled production. Wesley [Snipes] was just fucking crazy in a hilarious way. He wouldn't come out of his trailer, and he would smoke weed all day. Which is fine with me, because I had all these DVDs that I wanted to catch up on. We were in Vancouver, and it was always raining. I kept the door to my trailer open to smell the evening rain while I was watching a movie. Then I remember one day on the set-they let everyone pick their own clothes-there was one black actor who was also kind of a club kid. And he wore this shirt with the word "Garbage" on it in big stylish letters. It was his shirt. And Wesley came down to the set, which he only did for close-ups. Everything else was done by his stand-in. I only did one scene with him. But he comes on and goes, "There's only one other black guy in the movie, and you make him wear a shirt that says 'Garbage?' You racist motherfucker!"

And he tried to strangle the director, David Goyer. So later that night, Ron Perlman was in the city. Everyone who makes movies in Vancouver stays in the same hotel. It's like an episode of The Love Boat. Every time the elevator stops, you've got a different celebrity getting on. Like, [announcer voice] "Hey, now we've got Danny Glover!" So we went out that night to some strip club, and we were all drinking. And there were a bunch of bikers there, so David says to them, "I'll pay for all your drinks if you show up to set tomorrow and pretend to be my security." Wesley freaked out and went back to his trailer. [Laughs.] And the next day, Wesley sat down with David and was like, "I think you need to quit. You're detrimental to this movie." And David was like, "Why don't you quit? We've got all your close-ups, and we could shoot the rest with your stand-in." And that freaked Wesley out so much that, for the rest of the production, he would only communicate with the director through Post-it notes. And he would sign each Post-it note "From Blade." [Laughs.]

AVC: There's a rumor that he tried to stay in character the entire shoot.

PO: Oh yeah, he did. When I met him I was like, "Hi!" And he was like, "I'm Blade." And also, Natasha Lyonne was on that set, and she was going through some kind of mental breakdown. Wesley is all boundaries, and she has no boundaries. She played a blind computer expert. So the first scene they had together, she put her hand right on his face, and he just recoiled. It was awesome.

AVC: If you were trying to be in character all the time as a vampire killer, being high all the time might not help.

PO: A lot of the lines that Ryan Reynolds has were just a result of Wesley not being there. We would all just think of things for him to say and then cut to Wesley's face not doing anything because that's all we could get from him. It was kind of funny. We were like, "What are the worst jokes and puns that we can say to this guy?" And then it would just be his face going, "Mmm." "Smiles are contagious." It's so, so dumb. [Laughs.] That was an example of a very troubled shoot that we made fun. You have to find a way to make it fun.

AVC: In a weird sort of way, it sounds like Wesley Snipes united the production against himself. Everyone had a common enemy.

PO: Everyone was just like, "This is going to be such a great story." I'm in this business for two reasons: the money and the anecdotes. That's all I want. I either want to do the best films or the fucking worst films. I don't want to do the "eh" film.

AVC: Well, the second Blade movie is great.

PO: Yeah, the first Blade is fucking genius. That, more than anything, is what really put forth the idea of vampires as exclusive, high-tier night-clubbers who are young and beautiful forever. They took that idea done clumsily in Lost Boys and really made it amazing.

Wesley Snipes sounds like a fucking tool...

ZZoMBiE13:
If Marvel could get the rights to Ghost Rider back as well

They did. The only characters they don't own the rights to are x-men, mutants in general, Fantastic 4, Spider man and Namor. There are a few where the lawyers would be needed to determine whose they are (such as Alpha Flight) but Ghost Rider's rights fell back to Marvel some time ago.

Zontar:

ZZoMBiE13:
If Marvel could get the rights to Ghost Rider back as well

They did. The only characters they don't own the rights to are x-men, mutants in general, Fantastic 4, Spider man and Namor. There are a few where the lawyers would be needed to determine whose they are (such as Alpha Flight) but Ghost Rider's rights fell back to Marvel some time ago.

I thought I read that they had, but I couldn't recall for sure. And didn't want to try looking it up. Figured it was better to err on the side of caution. Thanks for the clarification.

That's actually good to know. GR is a long time favorite of mine.

Lono Shrugged:
Guess he needs the money.

I would be surprised if they bring him back after the nightmare shoot that was Blade Trinity. Remember? The film that was going to set up a spin off franchise? Here is a great interview with Patton Oswalt from the AV club: http://www.avclub.com/article/patton-oswalt-on-his-most-memorable-roles-and-givi-88860

AV Club:

PO: Oh, Christ. That was the third Blade movie. And there's a scene where Blade goes in and confronts this guy for harvesting humans. That scene was supposed to be the whole basis of the film. Blade is fighting for the last shred of humanity. But they thought that it was just so fucking grim, so they decided to just have Blade fighting Dracula. It was just one of those; it was a very troubled production. Wesley [Snipes] was just fucking crazy in a hilarious way. He wouldn't come out of his trailer, and he would smoke weed all day. Which is fine with me, because I had all these DVDs that I wanted to catch up on. We were in Vancouver, and it was always raining. I kept the door to my trailer open to smell the evening rain while I was watching a movie. Then I remember one day on the set-they let everyone pick their own clothes-there was one black actor who was also kind of a club kid. And he wore this shirt with the word "Garbage" on it in big stylish letters. It was his shirt. And Wesley came down to the set, which he only did for close-ups. Everything else was done by his stand-in. I only did one scene with him. But he comes on and goes, "There's only one other black guy in the movie, and you make him wear a shirt that says 'Garbage?' You racist motherfucker!"

And he tried to strangle the director, David Goyer. So later that night, Ron Perlman was in the city. Everyone who makes movies in Vancouver stays in the same hotel. It's like an episode of The Love Boat. Every time the elevator stops, you've got a different celebrity getting on. Like, [announcer voice] "Hey, now we've got Danny Glover!" So we went out that night to some strip club, and we were all drinking. And there were a bunch of bikers there, so David says to them, "I'll pay for all your drinks if you show up to set tomorrow and pretend to be my security." Wesley freaked out and went back to his trailer. [Laughs.] And the next day, Wesley sat down with David and was like, "I think you need to quit. You're detrimental to this movie." And David was like, "Why don't you quit? We've got all your close-ups, and we could shoot the rest with your stand-in." And that freaked Wesley out so much that, for the rest of the production, he would only communicate with the director through Post-it notes. And he would sign each Post-it note "From Blade." [Laughs.]

AVC: There's a rumor that he tried to stay in character the entire shoot.

PO: Oh yeah, he did. When I met him I was like, "Hi!" And he was like, "I'm Blade." And also, Natasha Lyonne was on that set, and she was going through some kind of mental breakdown. Wesley is all boundaries, and she has no boundaries. She played a blind computer expert. So the first scene they had together, she put her hand right on his face, and he just recoiled. It was awesome.

AVC: If you were trying to be in character all the time as a vampire killer, being high all the time might not help.

PO: A lot of the lines that Ryan Reynolds has were just a result of Wesley not being there. We would all just think of things for him to say and then cut to Wesley's face not doing anything because that's all we could get from him. It was kind of funny. We were like, "What are the worst jokes and puns that we can say to this guy?" And then it would just be his face going, "Mmm." "Smiles are contagious." It's so, so dumb. [Laughs.] That was an example of a very troubled shoot that we made fun. You have to find a way to make it fun.

AVC: In a weird sort of way, it sounds like Wesley Snipes united the production against himself. Everyone had a common enemy.

PO: Everyone was just like, "This is going to be such a great story." I'm in this business for two reasons: the money and the anecdotes. That's all I want. I either want to do the best films or the fucking worst films. I don't want to do the "eh" film.

AVC: Well, the second Blade movie is great.

PO: Yeah, the first Blade is fucking genius. That, more than anything, is what really put forth the idea of vampires as exclusive, high-tier night-clubbers who are young and beautiful forever. They took that idea done clumsily in Lost Boys and really made it amazing.

Wesley Snipes sounds like a fucking tool...

Either that or he is a hardcore method actor like Val Kilmer and Marlon Brando.

Darks63:
snip

Val Kilmer and Marlon Brando were both notorious for being tough to work with, and both had their fair share of stinkers. I know a few method actors and some of them are tools, and their fellow actors think they are tools.

Also I quite like this line "AVC: If you were trying to be in character all the time as a vampire killer, being high all the time might not help."

Eh, Blade 3 was appalling rubbish.

However, Blade as a series unkilled the superhero movie, which had died with Batman and Robin and other not well regarded movies,

But, eh, they are unlikely to make a movie about a black superhero, that sort of thing just doesn't happen, especially when it does.

I dunno, I think they could drag Blade into the MCU if they branch it off. A Cosmic movie route (GotG, Captain Marvel, etc), a regular line (Advengers, Iron Man etc), and a Dark line (Blade, Punisher, Ghostrider, Dr. Strange, Man-Thing)that touch each other, but can follow their own thing once the Infinity stuff is out of the way. Especially since that'd open up their ability to really flush out their world instead of just following the main four or five characters over and over.

ZZoMBiE13:
If Marvel could get the rights to Ghost Rider back as well, maybe we could finally get a big screen version of Midnight Sons?

Anyway, since he's already played a role opposite Sylvester Stallone, I think it's obvious what movie they NEED to be making, a long awaited sequel to Demolition Man. Which, all kidding aside, I do truly love despite it's baked in silliness.

Be well!

Marvel do have the rights to Ghost Rider, Sony gave them up after the 2nd one bombed.

Zontar:

ZZoMBiE13:
If Marvel could get the rights to Ghost Rider back as well

They did. The only characters they don't own the rights to are x-men, mutants in general, Fantastic 4, Spider man and Namor. There are a few where the lawyers would be needed to determine whose they are (such as Alpha Flight) but Ghost Rider's rights fell back to Marvel some time ago.

Marvel have Namor's rights they got them back earlier this year.

youji itami:

Zontar:

ZZoMBiE13:
If Marvel could get the rights to Ghost Rider back as well

They did. The only characters they don't own the rights to are x-men, mutants in general, Fantastic 4, Spider man and Namor. There are a few where the lawyers would be needed to determine whose they are (such as Alpha Flight) but Ghost Rider's rights fell back to Marvel some time ago.

Marvel have Namor's rights they got them back earlier this year.

Odd, I tend to follow these things more closely then someone who isn't paid for it should, and I herd nothing about Universal losing the rights to him.

The original hasn't aged well. Give him caemos or something in another franchise.

Zontar:

youji itami:

Zontar:

They did. The only characters they don't own the rights to are x-men, mutants in general, Fantastic 4, Spider man and Namor. There are a few where the lawyers would be needed to determine whose they are (such as Alpha Flight) but Ghost Rider's rights fell back to Marvel some time ago.

Marvel have Namor's rights they got them back earlier this year.

Odd, I tend to follow these things more closely then someone who isn't paid for it should, and I herd nothing about Universal losing the rights to him.

http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/07/18/kevin-feige-talks-guardians-of-the-galaxy-the-avengers-the-sub-mariner

IGN: Finally, there were rumours circulating awhile back that Universal and Legendary Pictures were developing a Sub-Mariner movie, but there was also some confusion about who holds the rights to the character. So could Legendary make that movie at this point?

Feige: No.

IGN: So if a film were to happen it would be you guys making it?

Feige: Yes, but it's slightly more complicated than that. Let's put it this way - there are entanglements that make it less easy. There are older contracts that still involve other parties that mean we need to work things out before we move forward on it. As opposed to an Iron Man or any of the Avengers or any of the other Marvel characters where we could just put them in.

For the love of god, yes.

I loved the first and second movies. (Third one, not so much.) I'm not exactly getting my hopes up, but I've always thought that Snipes fit the role excellently.

only if they keep it R-rated, otherwise no dice. The problem with Marvel Studios is that they would possibly neuter it just to make it easier to put it into the MCU.

Spot1990:

008Zulu:
Is he too old for the part maybe? I liked the first movie, second was... horrible (the cg fight scene in front of the lights, ugh), didn't bother with the third, mostly because of Ryan Reynolds.

I doubt he will be included as part of the MCU, he had nothing to do with the Avengers, apart from his peripheral involvement in Civil War.

Ryan Reynolds is actually the only thing that makes that movie worth watching. He seemed to be the only one in the cast who wanted to make a good movie. Even Patton Oswalt (also in the movie) said Reynolds was the only good thing about working on that.

Not surprising when he and the rest of the cast were basically tasked with carrying a lot of scenes that Wesley Snipes couldn't even be bothered showing up to film.

Spot1990:
Ryan Reynolds is actually the only thing that makes that movie worth watching. He seemed to be the only one in the cast who wanted to make a good movie. Even Patton Oswalt (also in the movie) said Reynolds was the only good thing about working on that.

I recall stories of how Snipes hated the Director and only showed up when it was absolutely necessary. I wonder what it was about the movie that almost everyone working on it, didn't want to be there.

Aiddon:
only if they keep it R-rated, otherwise no dice. The problem with Marvel Studios is that they would possibly neuter it just to make it easier to put it into the MCU.

To be fair, Punisher: Warzone was a Marvel associated production. They put it under Marvel Knights which is their kinda adult but not 18's rated comic line.

008Zulu:

Spot1990:
Ryan Reynolds is actually the only thing that makes that movie worth watching. He seemed to be the only one in the cast who wanted to make a good movie. Even Patton Oswalt (also in the movie) said Reynolds was the only good thing about working on that.

I recall stories of how Snipes hated the Director and only showed up when it was absolutely necessary. I wonder what it was about the movie that almost everyone working on it, didn't want to be there.

I do not like Goyer in the slightest. He's written a few films I like Blade, Batman Begins, Dark Knight (the latter of which he only did story, not the screenplay), a couple of films I hated (Man Of Steel and DKR) and then a whole string of shitty shitty movies (Jumper, Puppetmaster, Ghostrider 2). He's pretty much the worst writer not writing for the Movie Movies (Disaster Movie, EPic Movie, et al.). The things he said back in May were completely idiotic and he's shown a clear disdain for comic books over and over again. All that being said, I've never once heard anything about his professional conduct on shoots. The problem with Blade 3 seemed very much to be Snipes from what I've heard listening to Patton Oswalt in various interviews.

I've enjoyed all the Blade movies. Even the third movie was watchable. Dominic Purcell was great, working well with what he was given. Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel were also great every time they were on screen. Though to be honest while Snipes wasn't bad, they could have made the movie without him and I don't think I would have noticed.

The second movie is definitely the one which has aged the best though.

How ironic that Blade is a white guy in the Animated series..

Also, please don't make unnecessary connections to old movies. Snipes is also well past 50, bring in some fresh talent!

Redryhno:

Jandau:
I hope the years haven't dulled his edge. I really enjoyed his sharp performance in the previous films.

He's done around a dozen or so low...budget?talent? action movies, that's about it. And according to Doug Walker, there's only been like three that have been absolutely bad because of his performance. He's kept himself in really good shape too considering how long he's been working.

In any case, I'm really looking forward to him returning, I'm not sure there's another actor that can be Blade as well as he did it. Now we just gotta get Kristofferson back too...

ZeroAxis:
Let's get him warmed up with a cameo on "Agents of Shield" :P

Oh dear...just imagine it...Colson/May and Blade...

Oh yes. Yes. So much yes.

How bout no.

Maybe Im just going by Mathew Buck's [Film Brain] review of Blade Trinity but he mentions how Snipes was just a complete tossbag to the other actors. Now Im no fan of Reynolds... and maybe ive stared at Jessica Biel's pictures longer than I need to, but that whole unprofessional and racism [allegedly from Snipes himself] leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Snipes wanting to do another Blade and Marvel Studios wanting him to do it are vastly different things. Marvel doesn't need him and, considering his widely publicized "behavior" on the third, they probably don't want him either.

Marvel is practically printing money right now, and if they relaunch this, they are going to want someone who is reliable over the course of a 4-6 film contract. Why deal with Snipes when there are so many talented younger actors who could do the role just fine?

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