If there was one Marvel comic character that never had a chance to properly finish his cinematic run, then Blade would be that character. The Blade trilogy, in my opinion, was one of the best vampire anti-hero movie series, in recent history. In fact, I think the world-wide success of Kate Beckinsale in the Underworld movies, could in part, be attributed to fan’s thirst (pardon the terrible pun) for more dark and gritty vampire anti-hero movies. By the time Underworld hit theaters in 2003, Blade had already gone through two movies, and would be on his last in 2004.
Sadly, after 2004’s Blade Trinity, Wesley Snipes slid into a direct to DVD movie abyss, and then did a stint in prison for tax evasion in 2010. During that time, fans of the Blade movies made their voices heard…they wanted more Blade. Some called for a reboot of the franchise, while the overwhelming majority demanded that Snipes reprise the role that he made famous, and really made iconic, much like Robert Downey Jr. did with Iron Man. I mean really, could you honestly see anyone else as Tony Stark? That is the same feeling that most fans, myself included, feel about Wesley Snipes as Blade.
Well, it seems that our prayers have been heard and answered, as the NY Daily News is claiming that they have an exclusive scoop regarding Snipes’ return to the dark and gritty world of Blade.
Confidenti@l has learned Wesley Snipes is set to reprise his lead role in “Blade,” the 1998 vampire thriller that made more than $130 million and generated two sequels.
Sources close to Snipes tells us the 52-year-old actor’s comeback after being released from prison in April 2013 (after serving two and a half years for tax evasion) is “looking good” and that he’ll make $3 million from this film, plus a cut of the profits. Let’s hope he remembers to pay Uncle Sam this time.
There you have it. If this rumor is in fact true, then we may have another Blade movie in the near future!
What do you think? Is this rumor true? Is Wesley Snipes still able to pull off the look and badassness of Blade? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.