Marvel Studios’ Blade, the Vampire Slayer feature has found its writer.
Stacy Osei-Kuffour, a playwright who acted as story editor and writer on acclaimed limited series, Watchmen, has been tapped to pen the script for the feature project that reboots Marvel’s vampire hunting hero.
Mahershala Ali, who won an Oscar for his performance in Green Book, is attached to star as the horror hero. Ali’s involvement and the fact that Marvel was contemplating a new incarnation of the character after a string of movies in the early 2000s were revealed at Marvel’s senses-shattering presentation at 2019’s San Diego Comic-Con.
Marvel has spent the last six months meeting with writers in what was described as a meticulous search with which Ali was directly involved. Only Black writers were seriously considered, a reflection of Marvel’s focus on diversity and making representation a key factor. It’s also a reflection of how representation, at least at Disney and Marvel, is of high importance when tackling non-white characters. David Goyer wrote the three original Blade movies from New Line that were released between 1998 and 2004 and that starred Wesley Snipes.
And Osei-Kuffour’s hiring does break a barrier as she now becomes the first Black female writer to pen a Marvel movie. (Nia DaCosta, working on Captain Marvel 2, is Marvel’s first Black woman director.)
This is going to be good.