Twenty years ago this week the first Blade movie was released, which kicked off the trilogy starring Wesley Snipes, and while discussing the franchise, the actor talks about a potential future.
“There are a lot of conversations going around right now and we’re very blessed to have the enthusiasm and interest in something coming from that world again,” Wesley Snipes replied when asked about a Blade 4 by Vice. “We’ve created two projects that fit perfectly into this world and, when people see them, I think they’re only going to have a problem with deciding which one they love the most.”
Wesley Snipes continues with confirmation there have been talks with Marvel.
“All the main execs [at Marvel] and my team, we’ve been discussing for the past two years. Everyone’s enthusiastic about it, everybody gets it. But they got a business to run and they gotta square the things that they gotta figure out before they can get to it, I guess. In the meantime, we got a business to run and our own slate of things to do so…” Snipes said.
Wesley Snipes then teased the next time something comes from the franchise, it will be bigger than ever.
“But the next time you see something in [the Blade universe], mark my words: what we did before is child’s play compared to what we can do now,” Snipes said.
Regarding if there will be a next Blade, there has been speculation of rebooting the character or even going with a female version, but Wesley Snipes scoffs at the idea of getting replaced as nobody has his acting chops.
“There’s a lot of pieces that have to come together. I mean wow. Who’s that guy? And one that can overcome everybody’s preconceived idea of who Blade is supposed to be,” Snipes said. “Skill wise, there’s not a lot of guys out there that dance, that do the martial arts, that act well and can have that Blade flavor. Not a lot of chocolate guys out there. If they’re gonna go chocolate.”
Snipes continued with his thoughts on rebooting the character: “If they’re gonna go vanilla… ehhhh, I don’t know. Non-traditional casting: I’m with it. I’ve been a beneficiary of it. I don’t know if it would be good for marketing but you never know. So, yeah, it’s a tough one. And they gotta be in shape and have some sex appeal. F-cking Blade has some sex appeal. Maybe you know somebody I don’t. I don’t know.”
Interestingly enough, with Wesley Snipes remarking they have been chatting with Marvel, it has recently become known that The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua recently took a meeting with Marvel, who we think would be a good choice for the Blade franchise.