Marvel’s Blade reboot has secured an R rating, marking the MCU’s second-ever movie to receive the rating after Deadpool 3. This makes sense as the comic book source material is known for its mature themes and bloody violence revolving around vampires. Additionally, new reports claim that Blade‘s budget is under $100 million which is rare for a Marvel movie since most of its MCU entries tend to have quite large budget pools.
Speaking to Deadline, Blade director Yann Demange confirmed, “They gave me the R, which is so important.” Demange replaced former director Bassam Tariq who left the project in September 2022. Lead actor Mahershala Ali, who will play the titular character, was reportedly quite frustrated with the production of the movie at that point as the script had undergone multiple rewrites and ideas that the actor apparently didn’t agree with.
Under Demange’s directorial leadership, it looks like Blade might be back on track at Marvel Demange is best known as a producer and director on the television series Lovecraft Country.
Variety recently released a bombshell report that dove into the troubled production of Marvel’s Blade reboot. The movie had gone through multiple creative overhauls and restructures, seeing at least five different writers and now two directors leave and join the project. According to the report, one version of the script bumped Ali – the protagonist of his own movie – down to a side character as the story focused on a group of women instead.
Disney CEO Bob Iger, understandably a bit frustrated with the creative process of the Blade movie, brought on the Oscar-nominated screenwriter for Logan, Michael Green, to “start anew” and it’s believed that Green’s script is currently being used for the movie’s production.
However, the biggest takeaway from the report is that Disney and Marvel Studios are now assigning a relatively low budget for Blade, reportedly under $100 million.
Blade will release in cinemas on 14 February 2025.