Wesley Snipes is a free man. After serving time in prison for tax evasion, the action star came out swinging with this summer's The Expendables 3. Unfortunately, the movie didn't leave much of a mark at the box office.
The big question that continues to follow the actor, however, is: What about Blade? At 52 years old, Snipes is still in great shape, and his love for the character hasn't waned. According to a story in the NY Daily News's Confident@l column, the actor is working on adding another sequel to the vampire franchise.
Confidenti@l has learned Wesley Snipes is set to reprise his lead role in Blade, the 1998 vampire thriller that made more than $130 million and generated two sequels. Sources close to Snipes tells us the 52-year-old actor’s comeback after being released from prison in April 2013 (after serving two and a half years for tax evasion) is "looking good" and that he’ll make $3 million from this film, plus a cut of the profits.
Here's the thing: We love Blade. We even published an article praising its contribution to the comic-book movie genre. But we have to be careful what we wish for. Blade's film rights reverted back to Marvel, which means it's a part of the House of Mouse (Disney). Part of the original film's success was due to its unapologetically dark tone: It was an R-rated mash of blood, gore and action. That doesn't fit in with Marvel Studio's current vision. So should we just remember Blade for what it was, or watch it be turned into something it's not? There's also the question of whether New Line/Warner Bros., which owns the rights to the first three films, would be willing to play ball with Disney for the purposes of continuity.
What do you think? Would you like to see Wesley Snipes back for more Blade?