Blade Franchise To Continue Through Spinoffs?

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1998’s Wesley Snipes starrer, Blade, was one of my favorite action flicks of the time as a young teen. It introduced bullet time before the first Matrix came out, it helped kick-off what would eventually become a vampire craze and most importantly, it helped set up Marvel as a viable film franchise.

Despite the film’s R-rating and weak reviews, it and its successors each managed to bank around $150 million each in worldwide box office earnings.


Unfortunately, the trilogy was rounded off with a movie that took screen time away from the lead, was riddled with behind-the-scenes problems, and was poorly received by critics and many moviegoers making disappointing box-office numbers considering its increased budget relative to the first two films.

For me however, I dug the third movie and liked the villainous Dracula played by Dominic Purcell. The main issue for me with that movie was Jessica Biel’s bow-wielding mp3-listening-while-fighting character.

I really enjoyed the first and third installments and disliked the second. My favorite part of the franchise however was the character Deacon Frost, who was the main villain of the first movie and played by Stephen Dorff.

Let’s not forget that there was some serious talent behind these films as well with David S. Goyer having written all three films and directing the third and with Guillermo del Toro having directed the second.

Unfortunately, Dorff’s character met his bubbly end in the conclusion of the first film and therefore did not live to see the moonlight in the sequels – they sure could have used him…

For those who feel the same as me about the character, we may all be in luck!

Stephen Norrington, director of the first Blade (and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen…) told Comics2Film that he’ll be returning to the Blade franchise once he’s done re-inventing The Crow.

The current plan is to have Stephen Dorff return to the franchise and lead the prequel trilogy that Norrington has created. Dorff spoke to a UK newspaper about it and was all for it. He said the film would be “a prequel to the Blade movies, Deacon’s story. It’s a new trilogy the director has created. It will [be] cool.”

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Norrington confirmed what Dorff said by saying it’s not quite that but something similar. He also gives thanks to Dorff for being integral in coming up with the idea for the new project. Thankfully, the director also hits on what’s most important about this film by saying “The linkage to ‘Blade’ is still big in the equation.”

If this happens, it won’t be for a few years so we have plenty of time to speculate. Who knows, maybe by then Snipes will be making a comeback and we could see another Blade film.

I’m not sure how they can flesh out a new set of films without the lead of the franchise. Most of the enjoyment came from watching action sequences where Blade would help convert vampires into ash with a variety of weapons.

What will these new movies do that all the vampire movies and TV shows out now, don’t? Either way, I’m interested in finding out more details.

What do you think of a Deacon Frost-centered film or trilogy?

Source: Mania

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  1. Disliked the Second??? It was by far the best of the three. And the series was really good (except for the “good” vampire chick, and even what’s-his-face as Blade was starting to grow on me). The series had THE BEST villains – characters and actors. I don’t care who disagrees…

  2. Blade 2 special effects? lol, watch it again – especially the scene with the two vampires breaking into Blade’s base = horrible. :( The fight scenes didn’t do it for me either. Check out the FX on all of them.

    As for Blade 2 story, I didn’t dig the new vampire breed and him teaming with a group of them, or the weird weak love story thing, or the Ron Perlman fight, or Norman Reedus’ character, etc…

    But don’t get me wrong – the third movie is not good, and that’s clear in my article when I discuss its problems (hated Biel’s character). Unlike II, there are parts of it I dug mainly due to Snipes and Reynolds. I think its better than 2. Blade 1 is the one I legitimately liked all around despite some weird special effects and three was a mess as I say, but I didn’t mind Purcell as the bad guy.

  3. @Rob

    Yeah, that technology was still new at that time (where it’s a CGI character in an action sequence which ends with the real person finishing up the move). But it looked good for its time and they’ve done it better since. Torro knew what he was doing.

    While we’re on special effects, how could you not like the new breed of vampires? The makeup/effects were outstanding. When I saw it in theaters, freaked me out.

    All the costumes, stage sets, weapons, etc were done very well too. And all that combined it created a very dark, moody atmosphere that’s missing from Blade 1 and 3

    If the fight scenes don’t do it, can’t change your mind, but I still don’t get it. The awesome 1 on 1 fight on the bridge? The crazy shoot out at the club? Those were fantastic.

    Story too, I can’t tell you your opinion is wrong but compared to the “story” in Blade 3? I thought it was original and really well done (twists, etc.)

    Reynolds was great in Blade 3 and saved it from being a complete disaster (his garlic fart joke makes me laugh every time)

  4. i actually watched blade 2 the other day, i still like it. good fight scenes, I like the one in the club the best. I always liked the scene where the one vampire gets mobbed by all the new breed jumping out from the water.
    The the CGI like OGB says, for the time was good, but now doesn’t look that good.

  5. While I disagree with Rob that Blade 2 was bad, I do understand why he disliked it. I liked 2 most of all, followed by 1 and 3 was the worst of the lot. I did see the problems with the CGI in the fight Rob mentions but like OGB said, it was new at the time. Maybe they can do to Blade 2 what they did with Trek TOS and upgrade it.

  6. I’m not convinced on how steve norrington didn’t like blade 2 he doesn’t like blade to be to barbaric thats why the 3rd blade movie wasn’t great in any way shape or form.blade 1 was instense yet brutal,blade 2 was barbaric,horryfing,brutal and intense and those movies are awesome.spin offs maybe coud be a good idea but if anyone has seen in the final minutes of blade:the series on spike tv episode 13 titled conclave,blade didn’t kill marcus van sciver,detective boone is still alive those are loose ends that haven’t been eliminated and if there were to be a blade 4,marcus nispel:the director of pathfinder,texas chainsaw massacre 2003 remake and friday the 13th 2009 remake could make the movie a wee bit more barbaric and i should have some involvement on the project

  7. If New Line were to make a Blade 4,some of blade’s firearms would have to change and to be honest,i actually meant marcus nispel and rob zombie should co-direct the movie and blade would need a new ride

  8. “and rob zombie should co-direct”

    LMAO…Zombie shouldn’t be able to direct/write ANY film ever.

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