After Bassam Tariq left the project in October due to production problems, Yann Demange has taken over as director of Blade. On his Instagram account, the filmmaker congratulated Demange. "The news is finally out: my dear brother Yann Mounir Demange is directing Blade!
Y'all are in for a real treat," Tariq shared to his social media. 'Yann was intrusmental in giving me the courage to start developing Mogul Mowgli. He played a pivotal role during post as well, helping Riz, my editor (Adam Biskupski) and myself get the film across the finish line.
During that time and during the pandemic, Yann became a cherished friend and brother. I couldn't be happier for him." As part of his well wishes, Tariq added the following: "As he steps into this role, I am proud to support him as he has supported me."
After he left the project for the first time, the filmmaker left a similar message, cheering on the studio to continue with the project. "Blade's been a beautiful ride," Tariq wrote after departing the project.
"At this moment, I'm filled with love and gratitude toward the folks at Marvel as well [as] the incredible crew and cast we assembled. I'm eager to see how the next director builds on the foundation we've set."
Is Black Knight going to appear in Blade?
"[Blade] was [part of the scene] for reasons hopefully that would become apparent as you see more things, but [Mahershal Ali] wasn't there on the day," Eternals producer Nate Moore previously told us.
"And we talked about two versions of that, one where we would cut to him and one where we wouldn't. 'How textual do you want it to be?' And again, it was more just for the fun of it, to tease it a little bit, to hear the voice and not see the man.
He was game to do it. Because the Ebony Blade, the characteristics of the Ebony Blade are not dissimilar to some degree to vampirism and we think that's an interesting kind of thing to play with. So, we kind of knew that was on the table."