Bassam Tariq will no longer direct the ‘Blade’ reboot starring Mahershala Ali. The film was slated to begin shooting this November in Atlanta. Tariq will remain as an executive producer. Since Tariq’s exit will affect the current release date. At San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Marvel President Kevin Feige confirmed the release date for Blade, which will hit theaters on November 3, 2023.
In a statement, Marvel Studios told to THR “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.” Tariq thanked Marvel in his own statement: “It’s been an honor working with the wonderful folks at Marvel. We were able to put together a killer cast and crew. Eager to see where the next director takes the film.”
The start of production on Blade has been delayed multiple times. the film has through numerous rounds of screenplay changes. The writer Beau DeMayo, has previously contributed to Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Witcher, and its animated feature spinoff, as well as Marvel’s own Moon Knight.
Marvel Studios is currently looking for a new director for ‘Blade’ Reboot.