Marvel’s new Blade film has reportedly found its director. Bassam Tariq, best-known for directing 2020’s Mogul Mowgli, is currently in talks with Marvel to helm the vampire superhero film starring Mahershala Ali, Deadline reports.
Deadline adds that a deal has not been finalized yet, but Tariq reportedly won out after Marvel met with “dozens” of candidates.
Mogul Mowgli is Tariq’s only major film project. It stars Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal, Rogue One) as a British-Pakistani rap artist on the verge of his big break, but suddenly contracts a deadly autoimmune disease, and is spurred to visit his family in London.
Tariq previously worked on shorts and documentaries, including Netflix’s Ghosts of Sugar Land, which follows a group of suburban muslims who grapple with a friend who has descended into extremist beliefs.
Marvel was reportedly looking at writer-director options, but ultimately split the roles, landing HBO’s Watchmen writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour to pen Blade’s script.
Tariq is the sixth person of color hired to direct a Marvel film, following in the footsteps of Taika Waititi, Ryan Coogler, Nia DaCosta (brought on to direct Captain Marvel 2), Chloe Zhao, and Destin Cretton.
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The new Blade film will act as a reboot to the original 1998 film starring Wesley Snipes, which debuted a decade prior to Marvel’s launch of the MCU with Iron Man.
Don’t forget to check out our history of Blade in the Marvel universe if you need a refresher on the Daywalker’s lore.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/one of four lions for IGN.