It may have taken years and a fairly active search where Marvel executives spoke without a lack of top talent. But now, according to one report from deadline – and while the deal is not over yet – Disney is in active talks with Bassam Tariq to touch their “Blade” reboot.
You may know Tariq for his work in directing Riz Ahmed as a rapper struggling through an illness to find success on the world stage in “Mogul Mowgli”, but perhaps the most interesting thing about Tariq as a choice is how fresh he is as a director . Apart from “Mogul Mowgli”, the rest of Tariq’s credits are documentaries and shorts. His first credit on IMDb is “These Birds Walk”, a 2012 documentary.
While “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” boasts veteran director Sam Raimi, it’s interesting to see how MCU mostly shifts to newer talent. “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is directed by relative newcomer Destin Daniel Cretton, for example, and “Eternals” is directed by Chloé Zhao, who recently won two Oscars for her film “Nomadland”, which she actually made after signing up for “Eternals.” Tariq represents what appears to be a growing trend at Marvel, bringing younger directors with fresh perspectives to help shape the next phase of MCU.
Production on “Blade” is expected to begin in 2022.