“True Detective” creator Nick Pizzolatto has signed on to write Marvel Studios’ “Blade” movie, reuniting with Mahershala Ali, who starred in the third season of his HBO crime series.
“Blade” boasts Oscar winner Ali as the title vampire slayer, with Aaron Pierre, Delroy Lindo and Mia Goth among the star cast. The film is in pre-production, with Pizzolatto taking writing duties while working on a draft of the script by Emmy nominee Michael Starbury, which has been described as “darker than most MCU films”.
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directed by yann demangewho helmed the pilot for “White Boy Rick” and “Lovecraft Country,” the movie is expected to begin filming in late May in Atlanta.
The “Blade” reboot was first announced at Comic-Con in 2019, when Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige surprised Hall H by announcing that Marvel Comics would be adapted into three films between 1998 and 1998 by Wesley Snipes. After playing the role, Ali will take over the reins of the infamous Diwakar. 2006.
“Blade” is currently slated to hit theaters on September 6, 2024, as the final film in Phase Five of the MCU.
Pizzolatto and Ali’s cinematic chemistry has already been proven with their collaboration on the third season of “True Detective,” which resulted in a Primetime Emmy nomination for the actor’s performance as Wayne Hays, a troubled Arkansas cop.
Pizzolatto, an award-winning novelist and short-story writer, is best known for creating the critically acclaimed HBO anthology drama series, which premiered in 2014 starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. a fourth season subtitled “Night Country” and starring Jodie Foster and Kali Reece, will debut later this year. the author is also developing “The Magnificent Seven” reboot for amazon. Pizzolatto is represented by WME and Anonymous Content.
It’s notable that the news of Pizzolatto joining the Marvel film comes just days before his WGA contract expires on May 1, with the work possibly being closed.
THR first reported Pizzolatto’s involvement. Marvel had no comment on the reports.
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