'John Wick' director wants to helm Mahershala Ali’s 'Blade' reboot

Gregory Wakeman
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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 20:  Mahershala Ali and Kevin Feige attend Marvel Studios Panel during 2019 Comic-Con International at San Diego Convention Center on July 20, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
Mahershala Ali and Kevin Feige during 2019 Comic-Con International at San Diego Convention Center on July 20, 2019. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

John Wick director Chad Stahelski has declared his interest in directing the already announced reboot of Blade, which will star Mahershala Ali and see the human-vampire join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Stahelski made this declaration during his recent discussion with Comic Book.com, admitting that even though he is not a “gigantic superhero guy” he enjoys watching them.

"I love the Avengers. I loved Captain America. I like James Gunn's take on Guardians. I really dig him as a director and what he's done with that. Ragnarok, I felt was really funny. I thought that was clever. I've come around."

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It was at this point that Stahelski remarked, "If the opportunity ever came, I would like to take a stab at... the one that really jumps out to me would be like Blade.

Director Chad Stahelski attends a promotional event of movie "John Wick: Chapter 2" in Tokyo, Japan June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Director Chad Stahelski attends a promotional event of movie "John Wick: Chapter 2" in Tokyo, Japan June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

“If they were going to redo Blade or something like that, just because I feel that one, for some reason, the vampire martial art action vibe. That would be a cool one to stretch and try and reinvent."

Stahelski has actually already proven that he has the chops to thrive in the genre, as he worked as the second unit director on Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and then DC’s Birds Of Prey.

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If he is approached to direct Blade, the former stunt coordinator and stunt double might have to try and find room in his schedule to actually do it. Not only have a fourth and fifth John Wick film already been confirmed, but he has been working on a reboot of the Highlander franchise since 2017, too.

"I’m really curious about what I can do with Highlander and how I reinvent the hero worship stuff,” Stahelski admitted. “Those fascinate me a lot, a little also more than ... I just like more of the original properties that you can grow from as opposed to step into a number five or a number six. That's all. Just choice."