If the quality of HBO’s Watchmen is an indicator, the appointment of a writer for Marvel’s Blade movie is a very strong one.
News on the MCU Blade film has been pretty scarce ever since Kevin Feige announced alongside Mahershala Ali that it would be reviving the fearsome vampire-hunter during 2019’s Comic-Con. It’s been suggested that Ali, who is actively involved in the movie’s development – along of course with Feige – has been exacting in the approach to finding the right writer for the project.
Now it’s been announced (via The Hollywood Reporter) that Stacy Osei-Kuffour will be penning the film.
Osei-Kuffour was the story editor and on the writing team for Watchmen, the acclaimed HBO series. The Watchmen revival is arguably the first adaptation of Alan Moore’s iconic 1985’s comic book series to be recognised as worthy of its predecessor, after several attempts by lots of creators across different media. This of course is a good sign for Blade’s return to the big screen as part of the MCU, following the earlier trilogy of pre-Marvel Studios films that featured Wesley Snipes as the title character. Those films were written by David S. Goyer, who also directed the third, 2004’s Blade: Trinity.
The announcement means that Osei-Kuffour becomes the first black woman to write a Marvel film. Marvel’s first black female director is Nia DaCosta, who is helming 2022’s Captain Marvel 2.
The Blade project also got itself a new title, Blade: The Vampire Slayer, which is most likely to distinguish it from the aforementioned previous trilogy. We look forward to bringing you more news on this one as we hear it.
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