We can't deny what Wesley Snipes did: Bassam Tariq on making new 'Blade' movie
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Director Bassam Tariq, who is set to tackle Marvel Studios' film adaptation of the popular comic ''Blade'', says that his take on the character will pay a tribute to the actor Wesley Snipes' film trilogy.
''What’s exciting about the film that we’re making is (there) hasn’t been a canon for 'Blade', as we’re reading through the comics and everything,'' the director, best known for making the Riz Ahmed-starrer ''Mogul Mowgli'', said.
''Him being a daywalker is the one thing that’s been established, and you know we can’t deny what Wesley Snipes did, which was he basically got this whole ball rolling. A Black man created the superhero world that we’re in, that’s just the truth,'' he added.
He is a vampire hunter--half-mortal, half-immortal--who tries to free the world from vampires as a way of avenging his mother, who was killed by a vampire as she gave birth to him.
Tariq said he is quite excited to work with Ali and Osei-Kuffour on the much-awaited movie.
''For me to now be working with somebody as talented and a juggernaut as Mahershala Ali, and the writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour, I’m just so — I’m so honoured to be working with real Black juggernauts and Black talent.
''For me to just be with them in this room and listen and learn as I build this out, it’s really an honour,'' he added.
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