Yann Demange to Direct Mahershala Ali MCU Film

Manufacturing for Blade is set to resume as Marvel has now found a new director to helm the project following the departure of Bassam Tariq who in September walked away from the film that will introduce the vampire hunter hero to the MCU. According to a new report from GameSpot, Marvel has tapped the French filmmaker Yann Demange serve as director for Blade. Additionally, the franchise has also found a new scribe in the Emmy-nominated screenwriter. Michael Starbury, who is now tasked with writing a new script for a film that has unfortunately been in development hell for some time now. Fans are hoping this will be the last creative overhaul the project undergoes, as they’re no doubt eager to see Mahershala Alithrown in the lead, keep hunting vampires.

Tariq stepped down as project director due to what Marvel described as “ongoing changes to our production schedule.” The amicable split saw Tariq stay on board as one of the film’s executive producers. Marvel would then put the project, which was in the pre-production stages, on hold as it sought to fill the vacant roles. This wasn’t the first time the film’s creative department has seen a shake-up, as Marvel’s core writer Beau De Mayo had previously been replaced Stacy Osei-Kuffour, the original writer who provided the screenplay that Tariq worked on.

According to insider reports, Marvel is tasking the new creative team with developing a dark tone, unprecedented for the MCU, for Bladewhich is perhaps in an effort to mirror the original Blade movies that played Wesley Snipes as the titular hero. After two months of hunting, Marvel seems to have landed the right candidate for Demange, which broke with his directorial debut ’71, which earned him rave reviews. He proved to be versatile in his craft having worked in different genres. With director credits in the horror miniseries, Dead Set and the HBO horror show, Lovecraft CountryDemange seems to have been where Marvel wants Blade go, so it’s no surprise that he beat out a number of other contenders for the job. The French-born, London-raised filmmaker is also known for directing the 2018 crime drama White Boy Rick featuring Matthew McConaughey, and is currently working as director and executive producer on the horror series Scanners for HBO, as well as the movie Give me under his personal banner, Wayward.

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Starrbury is best known for his Emmy nomination for an episode of the drama When they see us. Her other credits include the coming-of-age drama The inevitable defeat of Mister & Peteand the limited series Quail in black and white. He is currently working on the coming which is in pre-production.

Blade Now set to begin production in Atlanta in early 2023, with Marvel eyeing a September 6, 2024 release date, if all goes according to plan.

Yann Demange to Direct Mahershala Ali MCU Film – Deadline