Wesley Snipes owned the 90’s, and was one of the biggest stars on the planet. He brought a real sense of fun to all his roles, whether playing a good or a bad guy, or simply playing a dramatic, serious role. Snipes had energy, and he was a guaranteed draw to any film he put his name to. Films like White Men Can’t Jump, New Jack City, Boiling Point, Passenger 57, Demolition Man, Rising Sun, Murder at 1600, The Fan and US Marshals saw Snipes become one of the 90’s movie heroes.
Then cam Blade in 1998, and Snipes was the ruler of his own franchise, taking on the role of Blade, the vampire hunting vampire, and totally making the character his own. Fans loved Blade, it was awesome, and Snipes helped make it awesome. Guillermo del Toro directed Blade 2, which is regarded as one of the best sequels ever made, and Blade: Trinity saw Snipes and the franchise complete, but leaving on bad terms (Snipes was said to have attempted to strangle director David S. Goyer).
Freshly out of a three year stint in jail for tax credit fraud, Snipes is looking to rebuild his career, and while a straight to DVD film called Gallowwalkers has done little to rejuvenate the action stars stats, a massive role in The Expendables 3 should hopefully remind us all of how great Snipes once was.
Speaking with MTV this week, Snipes has expressed an interest in returning to the Blade franchise, and I am definitely up for a new Blade film, should the studios see fir to make one.
Here is what Snipes said:
“I’d be open to it. We have some stones left unturned, and there’s some latitude for us to build on. I’d love to get back in the suit again and do some things that I’ve learned to do now that I didn’t know how to do then. I think we’re better at making that kind of a film now.”