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Rumors Of Wesley Snipes Returning As Blade

"Some Motherf#@er is always trying to ice skate uphill." – Blade

BladeThis may be the case with a rumored 4th return to the Blade franchise for Wesley Snipes. Just prior to the release of Expendables 3, Snipes said to MTV that he would be interested in doing another Blade movie.

"I'd be open to it. You know I think we got some stones left unturned and there's some latitude for us to build on. I'd love to get back in the suit and do some things that I've learned how to do now that I didn't know how to do then. I think we're better at making that kind of a film now. You know, some of the things that we did in the early parts of the franchise were experimental and now they've become customary in a lot of The Avengers films and other comic book adaptations."

And now the NY Daily News has a report saying that the film is in the works.

Confidenti@l has learned Wesley Snipes is set to reprise his lead role in "Blade," the 1998 vampire thriller that made more than $130 million and generated two sequels. Sources close to Snipes tells us the 52-year-old actor's comeback after being released from prison in April 2013 (after serving two and a half years for tax evasion) is "looking good" and that he'll make $3 million from this film, plus a cut of the profits.

That all sounds well and good… but there are a lot of hoops that would still need to be jumped through to make this movie happen. Like where the rights are: Blade is back with Marvel as of May of 2013. But the Snipes version of the character most likely still remains with New Line/Warner Bros. So Disney (who owns Marvel) would have to be inclined to make a darker Marvel movie and want to do so with Snipes attached and be willing to make a deal with the other studio for the rights. (To clarify – this would be if Marvel wanted to tie a movie to the previous 3… not if they wanted to reboot)

All of that is possible… but if they were going to do all of that, why not just reboot the franchise with a younger actor? One who isn't known for being a bit tempermental… and at 52 years old, how many action films about an immortal daywalker would they get out of him?

Not impossible… just seems like a lot of trying to ice skate uphill.

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Dan WicklineAbout Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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