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July 26, 2011
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Did Marvel Get The Rights To ‘Blade’ Back?

— Posted by Darren

Over the past weekend at SDCC, Marvel’s Joe Quesada had many an answer for many questions. One slip of the tougue, however, has gotten some buzz: Marv’s CEO claims that New Line, in thier infinite wisdom, has handed over the rights to Blade back to Marvel Studios.

CBR reports:

Speaking of things that will have to wait, Quesada said now that Marvel has regained the rights on film to the Punisher and Blade, some kind of movement on bigger media projects with them can be expected but not any time soon.

The Punisher quip isn’t anything earth shattering (that’s old news; Marvel already got back the rights to that character from Lionsgate last year) but the Blade news is. For the moment, I’m taking it with a grain of garlic. It would be reasonable – New Line is pretty much done with the franchise (and, for that matter, New Line themselves is pretty much done) and the TV series only lasted a season.

Now, even the mere thought of Marvel getting Blade back is a nice thing to hear. Will they do anything with it? I sure hope so. Will it be a sequel once Wesley’s free and clear? That would be great. Can they work in the other two wish lists of mine – Krista from the TV show (Jill Wagner) and a Morbius-Blade smackdown? Well, I have my fingers crossed on two out of the four anyway. Just as long as the stay far, far away from the Nightstalkers business.

What say you, peeps?

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  • 420BAND

    Hey this way they can keep connecting the heroes together and hopefully throw a couple into upcoming films without having to give them there own film or have a 5 second cameo.

    Blade 1 & 2 were good movies. The Ryan Reynolds one blew chunks!

  • Joe C

    If this is correct that is one more character back under the unbrella of Marvel. I am happy about this it means we get a new version of Blade that is hopfully good.

  • Bigsampson

    no to any thought of putting any Marvel character on TV. A comic book hero on the small screen only works if you add high school to it…

    • http://darrenjameseeley.wordpress.com/ Darren

      Well, we’ll find out soon enough if either “Red Hulk” or the Jessica Jones pilot project goes through.

  • Lawrence

    I’d like to see Wesley Snipes return to his most famous role as Blade. This was the role that made him famous. but with his tax problems and jail sentence has made his acting career go pfft. I don’t know if there’s another black guy who could match the karate / martial arts expertise of Snipes in portraying Blade. I mean Snipes WAS Blade.

    • John

      I would love to see another Blade being made, especially with Snipes in the role again, however the only other actor who I think could match him in the martial arts department would be Michael Jai White, I think he could do a fairly good Blade.

    • Sorry Buddy

      What are you talking about?! “Blade” did NOT make Wesley Snipes famous!!! He was well famous long before the cameras ever rolled on Blade (1998).

      “Major League” made him famous back in 1989.

      In the decade between Major League and Blade, Wesley starred in, among others: “Passenger 57″, “New Jack City”, “US Marshals”, “Demolition Man”, “Rising Sun”, “Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar” and “White Men Can’t Jump”… just to name a few!

      • http://darrenjameseeley.wordpress.com/ Darren

        I think what he meant was Snipes best known iconic role Like Stallone has Rambo and Rocky.

  • Geno

    I woudln’t mind a respark to the Series, put it back on Spike of FX I think it could work. But I guess killing vampires gets old. Who knows, I don’t think they would make a movie.

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