Tariq to exit Marvel’s "Blade reboot" just two months before production

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Tariq to exit Marvel’s "Blade reboot" just two months before production

Bassam Tariq had stepped down as the director of a reboot of Marvel’s “Blade”. The film is scheduled to enter production after just a couple of months, dealing a diadectically hefty blow to the studio which has continued to steam the domestic box office this year.

Marvel Studios stated Tariq’s departure as part of a rotation in production schedule adding that he would still act as an executive producer of the film. Marvel, in tandem, had issued a statement on Wednesday saying, “Due to continued shifts in our production schedule, Bassam is no longer moving forward as director of Blade but will remain an executive producer on the film.

We appreciate Bassam’s talent and all the work he’s done getting Blade to where it is”. Nonetheless, while being asked over the issue, Marvel Studios had declined to comment.

“Blade” director Tariq steps down from “Blade” reboot

Nevertheless, with the film still having been set to be released by November 23, 2023, Marvel has to find a director before November for its reboot of original “Blade”.

Aside from that, Bassam had joined the film back in the Summer of 2021, while the two-times Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali will be starring the movie, replacing Wesley Snipers, who played the role of the half-human vampire hunter in the original triology.

Back in the 1998, the first film of “Blade” triology had been released, while the movie had been a surprise hit, as the then $45-million film had brought in a whopping $131 million. The film’s sequel has been more successful that garnered $155 million.

The film had had a budget of $54 million. Nevertheless, Blade, the Marvel the comic-book character, was created by Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan. The character had first appeared as a supportive role back in the 1973.