Writers strike hammers stake through Marvel’s Blade

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Marvel has reportedly paused production on its upcoming reboot of Blade starring Mahershala Ali as the titular character.

After mulitple pauses, it seemed as though the film about the vampire-slaying daywalker was on track to go before the cameras in June. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Marvel Studios is halting pre-production on the film immediately due to the ongoing writers’ strike. 

Two-time Academy Award-winner Ali along with the rest of the cast and crew were informed of the decision earlier this afternoon. 

Scribe Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective)had been recently hired by Marvel Studios to rewrite the screenplay. Even with several weeks of completed work, the article says, “time simply ran out,” causing Marvel to hit the pause button on production.

Marvel Studios, which debuted its Phase 5 with February’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, is still currently in production on the Anthony Mackie-fronted Captain America: New World Order and the Kathryn Hahn-led Disney+ series Agatha: Coven of Chaos both filming in Atlanta, while Charlie Cox’s Daredevil: Born Again is filming in New York and Wonder Man starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is filming in Los Angeles.

According to the WGA strike rules, no writers are on set.


The highly-anticipated Ryan Reynolds/Hugh Jackman team-up, otherwise known as Deadpool 3, is reportedly still on schedule to begin this month as it has a completed script, is gearing up to start filming this month. Thunderbolts, which stars Florence Pugh, Sebastian Stan, David Harbour, Steven Yeun, Wyatt Russell and Harrison Ford is also still expected to go before the cameras in June. 

However, any of the productions could see their schedules and release windows shift if the strike lasts longer than four-to-six weeks.

Fantastic Four, which reportedly signed Adam Driver to the lead role of Reed Richards, ist still adding cast. It is still eyeing a January 2024 production start date.

The previous writers’ strike affected several big-budget blockbusters, including, but not limited to, X-Men Origins: WolverineStar TrekTransformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and most notably Quantum of Solace.

Devoting his life to ridding the world of all vampires, Blade utilizes his unique physiology to become the perfect vampire hunter; while originally depicted as a human immune to vampire bites, Blade was retroactively established to be a dhampir (an offspring of a vampire and human) following his adaptation as such in Spider-Man: The Animated Series and the popular Wesley Snipe-led Blade film series. 

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