As the company continues to develop the “Blade” movie while extending its search for a new director, Marvel Studios has temporarily halted production related activities in Atlanta.
On Tuesday, Marvel informed the local Atlanta crew that work would resume in the first quarter of 2023. Originally scheduled to begin filming this November and debut on November 3, 2023, the movie is now almost certain to miss that date.
The announcement comes after Bassam Tariq, the project’s initial director, left two weeks ago, leaving Marvel to blame for “continuous adjustments in our production timeline.” The studio will now attempt to expand its pool of candidates before going forward, even though at the time it seemed like Marvel had settled on a new director who could step in quickly to maintain the film’s original production timeline.
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Blade is a vampire adventure thriller that will also star Delroy Lindo, Aaron Pierre, and Oscar winner Mahershala Ali. A half-mortal, half-immortal who hunts vampires to exact revenge on his mother, who was murdered by a vampire as she gave birth to him, the titular character was previously brought to life on screen in a trilogy that debuted in the early 2000s and starred Wesley Snipes.