Last month Wesley Snipes spoke with MTV about his role in The Expendables 3, and the once action star is now looking to rejuvenate his career after a three year stint in jail for tax fraud. During the conversation Snipes offered the following tease about his desire to return to the superb Blade franchise:
“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.”
Since then things have gone quiet, until now…
The New York Daily News is reporting that not only is Blade 4 moving forward, but Snipes has actually made a deal to return as the cool as a cucumber Vampire hunter Blade. Sources close to Snipes tells the site that the prospect of Blade 4 is “looking good”, and that Snipes is expected to make $3 million to return, plus a cut of the films profits.
Now, this is just a rumour for now, so take the above with a pinch of salt, but the fact Blade 4 is actually being talked about is very exciting indeed. Also if there is to be another Blade film, unless it’s a reboot (please Lord no) then Snipes would have to return, no one else could play the role as well as Snipes, in my humble opinion.
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 came 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).
Personally, I would love to see Blade 4 get made, so bring it on I say!