Marvel's Blade adds True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto as writer

Blade has a new writer in the form of True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto, who has signed up to work on the script for the vampire reboot.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Blade has a current script written by Emmy-nominated Michael Starrbury. They also report that Pizzolatto is working from Starrbury’s draft and has been hard at work for a few weeks.

Blade was originally created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan in the 1970s. The character made his first appearance in The Tomb of Dracula #10. Wesley Snipes went on to play the iconic character in the late ‘90s and 2000s.

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Double Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, who has been attached to the title since 2019, is set to play the eponymous half-vampire anti-hero, with Mia Goth recently joining the cast in a ‘mystery’ role. Goth has recently starred in horror Infinity Pool.

Delroy Lindo and Aaron Pierre are also starring in Blade.

Pizzolatto's True Detective became a hit when it was first aired in 2014, and season three of the show actually starred Ali in the lead role. He was then nominated for an Emmy, so this will be another collaboration for the pair.

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There has been some disruption as Mogul Mowgli director Bassam Tariq, who was originally set to direct Blade, left in 2022 and was replaced by Yann Demange, known for directing White Boy Rick.

Some good news, though – filming for Blade is set to begin imminently. When asked by Entertainment Weekly, Marvel boss Kevin Feige revealed in February: "It's going well. Our director Yann is down in Atlanta right now. Cameras roll in, like, the next 10 weeks or so."

Let’s hope there are no more bumps in the road for them!

Blade is set for release on September 6, 2024.

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