Continuing coverage of an extensive new piece in Variety exploring the difficulties Marvel Studios has recently dealt with, more details have emerged about the problems facing the “Blade” movie.
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige is currently reportedly pulling the plug on scripts and projects that aren’t working – with the “Blade” reboot seen as one with serious issues.
Mahershala Ali signed on for the role of the daywalking vampire years ago, but the project has gone through at least five writers, two directors and a shutdown six weeks before production.
A source for the trade familiar with the various script incarnations says at one point it “morphed into a narrative led by women and filled with life lessons” and Blade was “relegated to the fourth lead”.
It got bad enough that reports emerged that Ali was ready to exit over script issues, leading to Feige going back to the drawing board and hiring “Logan” and “Blade Runner 2049” writer Michael Green.
Speculation now is the studio is aiming to make the film on a budget of less than $100 million – one of the first titles to pull back from Marvel’s big-spending strategy.