Have you heard the good news? Wesley Snipes told Vice he's worked with Marvel to set up two Blade projects! But don't get too excited just yet, because this is actually a drum that Snipes has been beating on for a long while now.
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With just one more day until it hits theatres, the hype around Black Panther is reaching a fever pitch as everyone prepares to see Marvel's first film with a predominantly black cast and a black director. But with all the excitement in the air, there are some folks who don't know that Black Panther won't be the first film based on a Marvel character with a black lead.
While we were busy buzzing about Marvel's big Black Panther debut yesterday, an interesting story came out. Before he went on to make Blade, Wesley Snipes campaigned long and hard to get the ball rolling on a live-action Black Panther adaptation in which he would have starred. Though the project never quite came to fruition, Snipes' description of that '90s Black Panther film is a fascinating taste of what might have been.
The incredibly corny yet thoroughly enjoyable 1993 action flick Demolition Man pits a disgraced LAPD officer (Sylvester Stallone) against a dangerous criminal (Wesley Snipes) in the year 1996, and then again in 2032, after they're thawed out of their cryogenic prison. But their violent beef is not nearly as fascinating as the future that awaits them - a pseudo-utopia that's played for laughs, but has felt increasingly sinister over the years. Seriously!
Blade II is not as good as you remember. That is, assuming you even liked it in the first place. Back in 2002, I saw the film in theatres and liked it so much I rushed out to buy the DVD when it was released. However, revisiting the early Guillermo del Toro film this week didn't bring back fond memories -- but it still may be as important a Guillermo del Toro movie as anything else he's done, right up to this week's The Shape of Water.
Movie star, Twitter hero, martial artist, former tax evader and snappy dresser Wesley Snipes now has another notch on his belt: His debut novel, Talon of God, just landed a publisher and a release date. The book is described as a supernatural thriller which Snipes hopes will have big-screen potential.
The internet can be a bad and scary place. Yesterday, we were offered a moment of reprieve when many websites went down, struck by a massive DDoS attack. But the internet is back today and everything is flowing just like it always has. The world continues to turn.