Marvel Studios’ “Blade” reboot has been undergoing all sorts of serious behind-the-scenes production issues.

Mahershala Ali signed on as the daywalking vampire several years ago, and has stayed there through at least five writers, two directors and production shutting down just weeks before it was meant to commence.

Michael Starrbury (“When They See Us”) and “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto are the most recent names attached to the script, succeeding from “Logan” and “Blade Runner 2049” writer Michael Green.

Yann Demange (“’71,” “Lovecraft Country”) slated to direct and in a new chat with Deadline, he confirms he’s got the studio’s blessing to do it as an R-rated film and so the property can be done in the right way:

“They gave me the R, which is so important. We are going to have fun because Mahershala is such a deep actor. I’m excited to show a kind of ruthlessness, a roughness he has, that allows him to walk the earth in a particular way. I love him for that. He’s got a dignity and integrity, but there is a ferocity there that he usually keeps under the surface. I want to unleash that and put it on the screen.”

The comments follow in the wake of an appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast by filmmaker Albert Hughes who revealed he had talks with Marvel Studios about working on what he couldn’t say (but strongly hinted at) was the “Blade” film.

He says he could do it, saying: “I don’t understand why a real filmmaker would want to be in that system… I understand why up-and-comers would, which they do a good job of finding people at the right time. But I think I would implode.”

For now, “Blade” remains on track for a February 14th 2025 release. No word as yet when the project will begin production.

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