The production of what is to come blade movie with moonlight and Luke cage Star Mahershala Ali has been a turbulent one so far, but it looks like Marvel is about to turn things around. Following the departure of Bassam Tariq, who was originally slated to direct, Marvel recently announced that Lovecraft country director Yann Demange will direct the film.
Marvel chose Demange to direct the film to give the film a darker and grittier tone following the departure of Bassam Tariq, who left behind creative differences. Along with Demange, Marvel also hired a new writer for the film, Michael Starrbury. Starrbury recently won an Emmy for writing an episode of Ava DuVernay when they see us According to sources, Ali took part in choosing the author.
Production on the film was scheduled to begin in Atlanta this month but was put on hold following Bassam’s departure. Rather than just replacing the director and going ahead with the film as planned, the Marvel exec decided to completely overhaul the project, with Starrbury writing an entirely new script.
Before being tapped to direct the film, Demange directed the 2018 film White boy Rick and served as executive producer for Lovecraft country and directed the first episode of the short-lived series.
The film is slated to hit theaters in 2024.