It’s a major setback for “Blade”: Just two months before November 2022 in Atlanta filming is due to begin, director Bassam Tariq has left the project. “Blade”, in which Mahershala Ali slips into the role of half-vampire and vampire slayer Eric Brooks, is currently set for a theatrical release date of November 1, 2023. Sticking to this already sporty schedule could now be tight – and that in turn could be part of a larger problem the MCU currently has, according to film journalist Jeff Sneider…
But first to the facts: Bassam Tariq’s exit was the first to be reported The Hollywood Reportersand both Marvel and the filmmaker themselves were quick to comment on what was happening. There was no bad blood, Bassam Tariq left Blade due to “continuous changes in the production schedule”. In fact, there have already been some schedule shifts on Blade. It is therefore quite possible that Tariq will be short of time if he also has other projects on the list.
Marvel explained to THRpay tribute to Bassam Tariq’s talent and all the work he’s put into Blade so far. The filmmaker said it was an honor to work with the wonderful people at Marvel. Together they have put together a great cast and crew team and he is now excited to see where the film will go under a new director. So far, so diplomatic.
Of course, we are also curious – especially whether “Blade” will be finished in time to meet the start date of November 1, 2023. Noisy THR Marvel has already started looking for a new director. But this would now have to jump straight onto the train that is already rolling, and with a project of this magnitude, especially with complex post-production, a year between the start of shooting and the theatrical release is not exactly generous anyway.
Should the date be postponed, however, the other Marvel films might have to be rescheduled (again) – because in the “Avengers“-Universe builds almost everything on top of each other. Sound stressful? According to the journalist Jeff Sneider mentioned at the beginning, it is The Ankel also. In addition, “Blade” allegedly also has quality problems.
Sneider writes down Twitterhe’s heard that the “Blade” script is currently only about 90 pages long and “exactly TWO (boring) action sequences”.. Lead actor Mahershala Ali is very frustrated by the process.
Sneider further writes that Marvel mastermind Kevin Feige is “too busy” – Sneiders literally means “spread too thin” in German and describes a situation when too little of something (time, personnel) has been planned for a task that is too big. Or to paraphrase Bilbo Baggins, too little butter was put on too much bread.
Jeff Sneider emphasizes that he only heard this from his sources – so this should be classified as a rumor. But Sneider is considered well-connected in the industry, so there might be something to it. And given the extremely busy schedule in the MCU, it wouldn’t come as a surprise either:
Marvel has just released the plans for MCU phases 4, 5 and even 6, planning up to four movies a year, not to mention the numerous series for Disney +. And as soon as a cog in this mechanism wobbles, the whole apparatus threatens to collapse – because, as already mentioned, the projects are strongly related to each other.
So if there is a problem somewhere in the tight schedule, for example because a script is not up to date in time, problems are inevitable. Because either you shoot the film or the series anyway, although the project is not mature or you may not (yet) have a common understanding with those involved (also with “Ant-Man” and “Doctor Strange 2” the directors dropped out just before shooting started), or you risk messing up the extremely tight schedule, which in turn causes delays (and costs!) for the other projects.
We emphasize once again: This is just industry whispering, but given Kevin Feige’s ambitious plans, it cannot be dismissed as entirely improbable. We assume that, as in the past in such situations, Marvel will react quickly and maybe in a few days find a new director for “blades“ out of a hat. It remains to be seen whether the shooting can start in November with the new personnel.