Mogul Mowgli filmmaker Bassam Tariq eyed to direct Marvel’s Blade reboot starring Mahershala Ali

Almost exactly two years after Marvel announced that Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali will be the new Blade, the studio has found a director in Bassam Tariq.

The filmmaker, who directed Riz Ahmed in the critically-acclaimed 2020 film Mogul Mowgli, is in talks to direct, according to Deadline, though the deal is not complete. 

Marvel has not commented on the news, though the studio reportedly spent months searching for the right filmmaker.

New Blade: Almost exactly two years after Marvel announced that Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali will be the new Blade, the studio has found a director in Bassam Tariq

Director: The filmmaker Tariq (above), who directed Riz Ahmed in the critically-acclaimed 2020 film Mogul Mowgli, is in talks to direct, according to Deadline

Stacy Osei-Kuffour will make her feature writing debut on Blade, after writing on popular shows such as Watchmen, Pen15, Hunters and Run.

Marvel had reportedly considered a few writer-director options before separating the two positions and hiring Osei-Kuffour.

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After they brought her on to write the script, Marvel had a final round of director candidates with meetings that spanned from March to June.

Comic: Stacy Osei-Kuffour will make her feature writing debut on Blade, after writing on popular shows such as Watchmen, Pen15, Hunters and Run

The 34-year-old filmmaker, a native of Karachi, Pakistan, becomes the sixth director of color to take the helm of a Marvel Studios movie.

He follows in the footsteps of Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler, Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ Destin Cretton, Eternals’ Chloe Zhao and Captain Marvel 2’s Nia DaCosta.

After facing criticism for its lack of diversity in front of and behind the cameras, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has made it a priority to improve inclusion. 

Director of color: The 34-year-old filmmaker, a native of Karachi, Pakistan, becomes the sixth director of color to take the helm of a Marvel Studios movie

Blade was created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Conlan, debuting in the Marvel Comics in July 1973, a dhampir (half-human, half-vampire) who dedicates his life to the eradication of vampires around the world.

The character, known as the Daywalker, was brought to life on the big screen by Wesley Snipes in the 1998 movie Blade, which helped pave the way for the comic book movie craze of the early 2000s.

The first film was a modest hit, earning $131 million worldwide from a $45 million budget, with Snipes starring in two subsequent sequels, 2002’s Blade II (directed by Guillermo del Toro), which earned $155 million worldwide from a $54 million budget and 2004’s Blade: Trinity, starring Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel, which earned $131 million worldwide from a $65 million budget.  

Comics: Blade was created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Conlan, debuting in the Marvel Comics in July 1973, a dhampir (half-human, half-vampire) who dedicates his life to the eradication of vampires around the world

Daywalker: The character, known as the Daywalker, was brought to life on the big screen by Wesley Snipes in the 1998 movie Blade, which helped pave the way for the comic book movie craze of the early 2000s

Sequel: The first film was a modest hit, earning $131 million worldwide from a $45 million budget, with Snipes starring in two subsequent sequels, 2002’s Blade II (directed by Guillermo del Toro), which earned $155 million worldwide from a $54 million budget and 2004’s Blade: Trinity, starring Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel, which earned $131 million worldwide from a $65 million budget

Ali was first unveiled as the new Blade at the end of Marvel Studios’ annual San Diego Comic-Con panel in July 2019.

Tariq has a number of short films to his credit, including the documentary short Ghosts of Sugar Land, which won the Short Film Jury Award at Sundance in 2019.

His first feature film was Mogul Mowgli, starring Riz Ahmed, about a British-Pakastani rapper on the brink of stardom whose career is derailed by an illness. 

Unveiled: Ali was first unveiled as the new Blade at the end of Marvel Studios’ annual San Diego Comic-Con panel in July 2019

First feature: His first feature film was Mogul Mowgli, starring Riz Ahmed, about a British-Pakastani rapper on the brink of stardom whose career is derailed by an illness

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