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The Expendables III may not have been the raging success that its makers were hoping it would be (courtesy of a muted PG-13 rating and a well-reported internet leak), but it did mark the return of Wesley Snipes to the big screen. Snipes had been, er, 'otherwise engaged' for a couple of years, but now he's out of prison, he's clearly keen to get cracking with a few more movies.
What's more, he might be landing a decent payday to reprise arguably his most successful role (Demolition Man aside, natch). The New York Daily News is reporting that Snipes has been offered $3m and a cut of the profits to reprise the role of Blade in a new sequel. This follows murmurings of a new Blade film in the weeks before. »
Stan Lee, the well known creator of many of the world’s greatest comic characters and the king of cameos, may have let it slip that Marvel Studios are definitely working on a film based on Black Panther. Comic Book Resources quoted Lee at the Fan Expo Canada saying, “We haven’t made a Black Widow movie but she’s been in some of our movies, and she will be featured more prominently as we move forward,” Lee said. “And the chances are she will have her own movie because eventually all the superheroes are going to have their own movies. They are already working on Ant-Man, Dr. Strange and the Black Panther and there are others I am not allowed to talk about”.
This is exciting news for multiple reasons. First there has been a little bit of outcry for more diversity in superhero films. Captain America: The Winter Solider introduced Falcon, »
- Max Molinaro
If you asked Wesley Snipes years ago if he’d like to star in a fourth Blade movie, he’d say “yeah,” if the script was right. And by the ‘right script’ he’d mean one that doesn’t include secondary heroes taking his screen time away. That was one of the many issues the actor and production endured during the making of 2004′s Blade: Trinity – a film that put an end to the R-Rated Marvel character’s career on the big screen and saw the franchise’s worst critical slamming.
The script was just one minor part of problems that plagued Blade 3 and even though Trinity director David S. Goyer – now a big time writer for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment – said five years ago that New ...
Click to continue reading What’s Next For Marvel’s ‘Blade’ Franchise?
- Rob Keyes
The actor will reprise the part of Marvel Comics' vampire hunter, according to New York Daily News.
The report claims that he has entered a $3 million deal for the film.
Snipes said at San Diego Comic-Con in July that he would love to reprise his role in a fourth film.
Series writer and Blade Trinity director David S Goyer has said that he expects Marvel to reboot the series.
New Line's planned revival of the Blade franchise could be about to receive a massive boost, with reports claiming that Wesley Snipes is set to agree a return to the series' title role. According to The Daily News, Snipes is close to agreeing a return to the vampire-filled action saga, continuing the actor's comeback following his two-and-a-half-year spell in prison. Having recently appeared in The Expendables 3, Snipes is keen to reestablish his action credentials, even if at 51 years of age, he would certainly be on the older end...
- George Wales
We all have touchstones in adolescent life that end up shaping who we become. I’m sure we all share a few of them. Maybe it’s Holden Caulfield. Maybe it’s Kurt Cobain. Maybe it’s The Smiths or Fight Club or Ghost World. All of those had an effect on me, but I’m not ashamed to say that the one who had the biggest effect was Seth Cohen, a character in the early 2000s Fox teen soap opera The O.C.
Seth Cohen was awesome. He was awkward and read Chuck Klosterman and drew superheroes and wore the coolest t-shirts. He brought comic books, twee indie rock and snarky internet knowingness to a show few would associate with geekiness, and blasted all those things into the mainstream. »
More speculation about a possible Blade 4, starring a newly rejuvenated Wesley Snipes, is swirling around the Internet thanks to his recent well regarded return to the big screen in The Expendables 3, and we have the latest for you here.
This tidbit of information comes from the Confidenti@l gossip column of the New York Daily News so no telling how concrete it is, but according to the site Wesley Snipes is set to reprise his lead role in a new installment of Blade for $3 million plus a cut of the profits.
The likelihood of the project getting the green light is “looking good” according to sources close to the actor.
Not a lot to go on, but we'll keep our eyes and ears open for more as it comes.
- Debi Moore
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America 3, Doctor Strange, Black Widow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Defenders, Big Hero 6, Ultimate Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Doom Patrol, Plastic Man, Tales of Metropolis, Kick-Ass 3, The Tick, The Greatest American Hero and more…
…We’ll kick things off this week with Marvel Studios’ most recent release Guardians of the Galaxy, which climbed back to the top of the U.S. box office chart last weekend on its way to becoming the biggest domestic release of year (overtaking Captain America: The Winter Soldier to do so) and passing the $500 million mark at the box office, making it the seventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to do so. Guardians is sitting on »
- Gary Collinson
One of the first successful comic book films was Marvel's "Blade," starring Wesley Snipes. The studio has since become a powerhouse and just recently regained the rights to the Blade character. After being released from prison, Snipes has been on a mission to get his Hollywood career back on track. Unfortunately, "The Expendables 3" flopped and there aren't a lot of offers out there. NY Daily News has now learned that Snipes is set to reprise the role of Blade in a fourth film. The paper is reporting that the 52-year-old actor will earn $3 million. While anything is possible, it's incredibly unlikely that Marvel would be interested in returning to the "Blade" franchise, unless it was a TV series. At this point, we have yet to hear anything about a director or a writer working on the project. Stay tuned. »
In an unexpected and frankly dubious report, The New York Daily News says that Wesley Snipes is set to reprise the role of Blade in a new film in the vampire thriller franchise based on the comic book series.
Their sources claim 52-year-old Snipes will make $3 million for the film, along with a cut of the profits, and that his post-jail comeback is "looking good".
The report fails to mention anything about the rights to the franchise, which are no longer with New Line and reverted to Marvel and Disney in May 2013. That same month the studios announced a new "Blade" was being developed but there's been no movement on the project since.
Even if one is in the works, and with no screenwriter or director attached it's unlikely, the talk about Snipes' involvement sounds premature at best. »
- Garth Franklin
Sources claim his comeback is "looking good" after serving nearly three years in a federal prison for tax evasion, and that he will make $3 million for the sequel, along with an undisclosed cut of the profits.
Wesley Snipes starred as the title character in 1998's Blade, 2002's Blade 2 and 2004's Blade: Trinity, which were all distributed by New Line Cinema. Marvel Studios reacquired the rights to Blade in May 2013, and the studio announced later that month that a new Blade movie is being developed.
Neither Blade 4 nor the casting of Wesley Snipes has been announced by Disney and Marvel Studios. The film doesn't currently have a screenwriter or director attached, but we'll keep you posted as soon as more information comes in. »
It’s probably worth beginning this post with a warning – it’s almost certain that this “report” is a complete fabrication, without a shred of truth to it. So, now we’ve got that out of the way…
We’ve heard absolutely nothing in the way of rumours that Marvel has any plans to introduce Blade into the Cinematic Universe, and if and when they do decide to do so – be it as a movie of TV series – it is highly, highly unlikely »
- Gary Collinson
At the peak of his career, Wesley Snipes delivered a gift unto the cinematic world that would be his crowning achievement. That gift was the double tap we call Blade and Blade II, which not only gave Snipes a career-defining role that he would cash in on with two sequels, but also kept comic movies alive after Batman And Robin tried its best to kill them. Unfortunately, between Wesley Snipes' tax problems and the horror that was Blade: Trinity, the series gave way to a crappy Spike TV series and eventually died. Now that comic movies are cool, and vampires are starting to get their bite back, it looks like it's time to welcome back the Daywalker. At least, that's what the NY Daily News seems to believe, as it's obtained the following scoop exclusive to its Confidenti@l column: Confidenti@l has learned Wesley Snipes is set to »
A report has sprung out by the New York Daily News that Wesley Snipes will reprise his role as the Daywalker, Blade. It is said that he is going to get paid 3 million dollars plus a cut of the profits. Now, this report isn't confirmed by any of marvel sources, so it's best that we take it with a grain of salt. We also noted that Marvel Studios has gotten the rights back to Blade since there wasn't a film made in that long period of time, so at this point anything's possible. With that said this report should be taking slowly and if it does come to be true, it'll be great seeing Wesley suiting back up for Blade! Sound off below with your thoughts! Blade is a 1998 American vampire-superhero-vigilante action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. Snipes plays »
With more superhero films being greenlit every hour, Wesley Snipes is reportedly about to commit to making Blade 4. Rumors of another Blade sequel have been floating for a few years, but things stalled when Blade 3 unperformed critically and financially.
In a recent interview with MTV, Snipes was asked about the prospect of returning to the character.
“I'd be open to it,” Snipes said. “I think we've got some stones left unturned and there's some latitude left for us to build on and I'd love to get back in the suit again and do some things I've learned how to do now that I didn't know how to do then.”
The Blade Trilogy
The first three Blade movies were released in 1998, 2002 and 2004. David S. Goyer wrote all three films (along with Batman Begins, Man of Steel and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance). The first movie, »
At the start of The Expendables 3, the crew breaks into a prison train to secure Doc, a wild-eyed killer played by Wesley Snipes. The actor, equally wild-eyed and ravenous, responds to his freedom by briefly zoning out. While the crew awaits him in their helicopter, he takes one look at them, then runs in the other direction. The rest of the group don't try to pursue: Snipes is running away with the movie. For the first time in years, Snipes is free. Free from the mind-numbing obligations of cheap direct-to-dvd action movies, free of the demands of the Blade franchise, and finally just free: he spent a couple of years in prison for tax evasion, a conviction The Expendables 3 turns into a not-too-subtle joke. It's as much a pleasure for him to be unshackled onscreen as it is for us to see him again, years passed his prime, »
Fright Dome at Circus Circus in Las Vegas has teamed up with legendary horror director Tobe Hooper and writer Kim Henkel to feature The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as a theme for one of their six haunted house attractions. Read on for details.
From the Press Release
Fright Dome at Circus Circus, one of the nation’s top-ranked haunted attractions, will team up with legendary horror director Tobe Hooper and writer Kim Henkel to feature one of the most terrifying horror films of all time.
Beginning Friday, October 3rd, Fright Dome takes over The Adventuredome at Circus Circus and will theme one of its six haunted houses around the grisly story of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this Halloween season, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a theme that Fright Dome fans have been asking to see come to life for years. The themed haunted house »
- Steve Barton
Things get explodey in the Empire Podcast this week, what with Expendables 3 in cinemas, and Terry Crews and Wesley Snipes in the booth. Look forward to the former talking about his love of Nando's, the robot dance and pec-popping, as the latter does the Blade voice and imagines what an Expendables character called "Jazz Gumbo" would sound like.Elsewhere, Empire Podcast fan (and martial artist / Expendables 2 star) Scott Adkins gets a special shout-out-cum-apology, Timur Bekmambetov and David Michôd get their names horribly mangled, and petrol stations in the movies get their chance to shine (and hopefully not catch fire). P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally. »
Admit it. Before Guardians of the Galaxy, you only knew Chris Pratt as 'that guy' from Parks and Recreation and Zero Dark Thirty, back when he made his bread and butter with character actor roles, long before Star-Lord made him a massive star. Seemingly born from his rise in popularity, EW have brought together some of the finest character actors in the business, including Donal Logue (Blade, and the upcoming Gotham t.v. show), Doug Jones (Abe Sapien from Hellboy), Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Rob Cordry (Hot Tub Time Machine), for this fake PSA highlighting the importance of the character actors, and how they are much more than 'that guy in that thing'. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Welcome To Issue 59!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation to the detriment of no one. It usually has spoilers.
Yesterday, we got some rumblings about two new properties on the super franchise scene, one for the McU in Inhumans and one for DC/WB in the really horrible Aquaman scripting process they have going.
It was weird yesterday to see Variety drudge up a report from June that was basically saying: Yes, Jason Momoa is Aquaman in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. It got picked up a lot, because when the trades pull from something that distant there’s usually a reason. »
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