Marvel Studios Begins New Search For a BLADE Director

Marvel Studios had a director for BLADE with Bassam Tariq, but according to The Hollywood Reporter Tariq and the studio have parted ways.

THR writes:

"'Due to continued shifts in our production schedule, Bassam is no longer moving forward as director of Blade but will remain an executive producer on the film,' Marvel said in a statement to THR. 'We appreciate Bassam’s talent and all the work he’s done getting Blade to where it is.'

"Tariq thanked Marvel in his own statement: 'It’s been an honor working with the wonderful folks at Marvel. We were able to put together a killer cast and crew. Eager to see where the next director takes the film.'"

This is unfortunate timing as filming for BLADE was set to begin in Atlanta and Cleveland in November. Marvel Studios is now rushing to find a replacement director in time for its current production schedule, however, there is now a chance production could be delayed.

BLADE is currently set to release in theaters on November 3, 2023.