A new report from The Hollywood Reporter Nick Pizzolato, best known for his role as the creator of the True Detective series, has joined the upcoming Marvel’s Blade movie from the MCU as the author. This reunites Pizzolato with Blade star Mahershala Ali, who worked together on the third season of HBO’s hit True Detective.
Pizzolato will be working on a screenplay by Michael Starbury, who previously earned an Emmy nomination for his work on an episode of When They See Us. And the report says that Pizzolatto has been working on the Blade script for a few weeks now.
Directed by Lovecraft Country director Yann Demange, Blade has had some troubles so far with its pre-production process. Starbury and Demange joined the project after Bassam Tarek abruptly left the film in September 2022 due to creative differences. The move prompted Marvel to pause Blade, with several release dates changed as a result. Now THR says the Blade will begin production in late May in Atlanta, and it’s still currently scheduled for a September 6, 2024 release.
Blade will officially introduce Marvel’s most ingenious vampire hunter to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Blade is a half-mortal, half-immortal being who fiercely hunts vampires in order to avenge his mother, who was killed by a vampire while he was born.
Wesley Snipes previously played the superhero in New Line Cinema’s original Blade trilogy, which was generally well-liked by fans despite a lukewarm reception from critics.