Stacy Osei-Kuffour Will Write A New Blade Movie After Success With Watchmen
Some movie news this week tells us that the new Blade movie coming from Marvel has found its writer in Stacy Osei-Kuffour. A respected playwright and writer for genre television, Osei-Kuffour previously worked as the story editor and writer for HBO’s hit Watchmen series. We are excited for Stacy Osei-Kuffour to bring her skills to the Blade franchise.
Mahershala Ali Will Play The Titular Character
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The new Blade film will star Mahershala Ali as the titular vampire hunter. Reportedly, Ali turned down playing Commissioner Gordon in The Batman in order to accept this role. (The role of Commissioner Gordon eventually went to Jeffrey Wright for that film, due for release in 2022.)
The film is currently working with the title Blade: The Vampire Slayer. It will draw from the original comic books about the vampire-human hybrid who dedicates himself to protecting humanity from vampires. The role was previously played by actor Wesley Snipes in the 1998 Blade film, and its subsequent sequels
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Mahershala Ali has actually been campaigning for the role of Blade for several years. Apparently he pitched the idea of a new Blade movie to MCU head Kevin Feige shortly after winning an Academy Award for his role in Green Book. In a statement, Feige described the meeting that led to the announcement of a new Blade movie.
“We have, for years, wanted to find a new way into Blade. We love that character, we love that world. Now with Dr. Strange, and the supernatural elements coming into the MCU, it felt like we could definitely start exploring that. Mahershala wanted to come in and meet with us. And when Mahershala wants to meet, you take the meeting. I think he had just come off of his second Academy Award… We were talking very polite and he was talking about what a fan he is, and then he just cut right to it, and was like ‘Blade.” And we were like, ‘Yes.'”
Previously Ali was part of the Marvel universe when he played the role of Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes in the Luke Cage show on Netflix. Now, Ali will go from complicated villain to anti-hero as he takes on the mantle of Blade.
Stacy Osei-Kuffour Makes History As The First Black Woman To Write A MCU Film
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Stacy Osei-Kuffour will be the first black woman to write a Marvel film. She joins Captain Marvel 2 director Nia DaCosta in making history, as DaCosta is the first black woman to direct a MCU movie. Osei-Kuffour definitely has a full slate of genre work ahead of her. She is also onboard to co-write a film adaptation of the acclaimed sci-fi novel Binti by Nnedi Okorafor for Hulu.
Mahershala Ali was also actively involved in the ‘meticulous’ six month search for a writer. According to The Hollywood Reporter: “Only Black writers were seriously considered, a reflection of Marvel’s focus on diversity and making representation a key factor — especially when tackling non-white characters.”
Stacy Osei-Kuffour certainly has both skill and experience at writing black characters in a comic book adaptation. She proved this with her excellent Watchmen episode that explored Angela’s backstory in the episode “An Almost Religious Awe.”
Blade: The Vampire Slayer will likely be part of Phase 5 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This means that it will likely be several years before we can expect to see it on the big screen. We will certainly keep you up to date as we learn more about the new Blade movie in the MCU. For all of your genre news, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.