We keep on hearing rumblings about a new film or TV series featuring Blade, most of them from Wesley Snipes, who of course played the character in the three fun [come on, the third wasn’t that bad?] movies from a while back. Matt Wavish posted only a couple of weeks ago that Snipes is trying to make it happen and that, if it doesn’t work out, he could be playing another character who “could stand toe to toe with Blade any day”.
An interesting new development has just made news. It leads back to 2013 when Marvel got back the rights to Blade. Last month, they announced plans to launch a new comic book series about Fallon Grey, the daughter of Eric Brooks, the character that Snipes played. The first issue was recently delayed from its planned October release date. According to Bleeding Cool, this is because Marvel honchos are being careful with the character and altering certain things….which could be because a film is being planned which will be about Fallon Grey. She will be the prominent character as she will be the new ‘Blade’, but Eric Brooks, could still feature in it, which he certainly does in the comic series. This would be the first time Marvel have not used the best known iteration of a character [Peter Parker is only one of several Spidermans in the comics, for example]. According to Blade comic writer Tim Seeley, 16-year-old Fallon is:
“a sort of ‘anti-Peter Parker.’ She’s popular, she’s well-liked and it seems like the world is her oyster. But, the expectations that come with being so damn perfect are starting to break her down, and that’s before she learns she’s the heir to a Daywalking-Monster-Stabbing-Empire”
I quite like this idea, though I can see Marvel going for the ‘PG-13’ certificate this time round. What I’d really like to see though is the Snipes Blade to return to kick arse one more time in a solo movie, a movie which is ‘R’ rated, and for Guillermo Del Toro, who made the best of the three earlier Blade films, to direct.