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Stephen Dorff Headlining a Blade Spin-Off Prequel Series?!

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July 6, 2009
Source: The Sunday Mail

Stephen Dorff in Blade

Where the heck did this come from? The Sunday Mail in the UK is reporting that actor Stephen Dorff is going to team up with filmmaker Stephen Norrington for a prequel spin-off of Blade that will be about Dorff's vampire villain character Deacon Frost. "It will be a prequel to the Blade movies, Deacon's story. It's a new trilogy the director has created. It will [be] cool," Dorff explained. "We hope to shoot the first film next year. Frost is a character I have never been able to shake." Is it ironic or just mere coincidence that both Dorff and Norrington's careers bombed after Blade? And yet now they're teaming up once again?

The very last Blade movie we saw was Blade: Trinity in 2004 and most people hated it. But oddly, Dorff only appeared in the first Blade (as seen above fighting Blade), directed by Stephen Norrington, back in 1998. Although I haven't seen that first Blade in a long time, I really can't imagine seeing a movie about one of the villains. I don't remember much about him, but I guess with the success of Twilight as well as the Underworld franchise, Dorff and Norrington must have thought they could pull this off nowadays. "I would rather be in a good, small film than a hit which wasn't any good," Dorff says. Maybe this is a smart move.

Late last year, it was officially announced that Norrington, who has been "laying dormant" since directing the disastrous LXG in 2003, would be remaking The Crow. Norrington is an accomplished sculptor and from the sounds of it, he's got a very distinct style that seems to cater towards darker, gothic subject matter like vampires. Whenever I hear about projects like this, I always get the feeling that one of them could eventually turn out like the next Equilibrium. But until we see or hear more, it's hard to say. Though this time, I've got to say that I'm not interested in seeing Dorff or Norrington return in this way. Thoughts?

Update: Norrington himself sent an update to Mania.com clarifying a few details. He did confirm that this news is accurate, but it's "not exactly how the article describes but close." He's not planning to start working on this spin-off until he finishes that aforementioned remake of The Crow. He credits Dorff for coming up with the idea that "has evolved into a very interesting story." So there you have it - it may be a long ways out, but Norrington did confirm that it was actually happening. That's all the updates we have for now!

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  • Sabes
    I'm not interested. Frost wasn't -that- intriguing enough, and I doubt he could hold his own movie.
  • DoomCanoe
    YES!!!! I've watched Blade 1 at least 40 times and Frost became my favorite vampire character ever. I loved that guy. I'm so stoked. but don't have to high of hopes
  • james cameron
    I doubt it will be good but I'm willing to check it out. fx have to be sweet or it's beat.
  • Kate
    This story is sooooooooooooo old. The Sunday Mail article is from October 2008.
  • Xerxex
    kewl
  • Moviegimp
    Anything Stephen Dorf stars in is straight to video. Someone is remaking The Crow? Please kill these idiots.
  • Brandon
    I'd bite. Stephen Dorf is a fantastic actor. Only the plot has me worried. As for remaking The Crow. Hollywood is fantastic at making me depressed. Stop remaking movies!!! BE ORIGINAL or at least attempt to be.
  • Darrin
    im down with it
  • zach
    WELL OF COARSE it makes sense they are attempting to keep the franchise alive till wesely gets out of jail and can revive it
  • w00t!!!
    Frost!?! There's nothing to describe. He wasn't much different than any other vampire until Blade. Crow remake? Darn it, poor Brandon Lee. Let him rest with that awesome film he starred most of it in.
  • Kaiser
    Alex, what do you mean by: "I always get the feeling that one of them could eventually turn out like the next Equilibrium"? Is that a good or bad thing? I personally loved Equilibrium so if it turned out like that then I would be interested to watch it, but only on DVD. I just cannot see this movie (or any further sequels) going anywhere at all. They are bound to get to the point where they will have the discussion about bringing in Wesley Snipes and then it will just be another Blade movie.]
  • TKaihea
    I'm surprised to hear this. Don't get me wrong I absolutely loved the first Blade film. As far as I'm concerned Blade was never a trilogy it was just one movie. Frost in a movie on his own is a terrible idea. Im just hanging on for a Blade reboot. I want one. Anybody willing to fund me if I make one. I'm telling ya it will be better then Trinity?...Any takers? To be fair to Dorf I really liked him in Felon. That was a pretty mad f'd up movie.
  • ^ #11 Sorry for the confusion... Yes, I meant that in a good way... Like there's always plenty of indie / foreign action movies that sort of go nowhere and aren't that impressive. But every once in a while there is that great Equilibrium like indie action movie that just comes out of nowhere and kicks ass. And I'm saying I always feel like everything I hear could turn into that, but I never know, it's way too early to tell.
  • Primo1
    The first Blade was the ish and I loved Deacon Frost character before he went all Blood God and whatnot...I don't think its a bad idea but I think they should focus on it being small then trying to make it huge...Blade 1 and 2 were good action flicks....Blade:Trinity not so much but Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds made it tolerable...
  • mordok
    Blade 1 was the best. It was clever, the plot was good (except for the blood god thing), everything else was perfect. Blade 2 kind of screwed it up so did Blade 3.
  • Robbie
    What the crap..?
  • Jazz
    this will suck big time why make a f-ing prequel about Deacon Frost we all need a Blade 4 movie and bring back Wesley Snipes to kick some vampire ass
  • Nick S.
    please stop. there are plenty of BETTER movie concept out there to dumb money into-why this?
  • I am Ron Burgandy?
    Frost was cool in Blade. Bring it!
  • Mark.E
    i loved the first blade .... im fine with this prequel i guess ...but id rather and woundn't mind seeing a another blade movie with Wesley Snipes back kicking vampire ass!! and showing twilight fans a real bad ass vampire movie!! but if they did maybe not bring back Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds...i love the both of them but, didn't really like the story in the 3rd movie
  • He tries so hard…
    The 2nd movie went way over the top with cheesy CGI and the 3rd was too campy. The first one was awesome and I'd have liked if they continued where the first left off, him hunting for Whistler and not finding him immediately then the 3rd be the 2nd, just without the CGI wrestling. Still, Blade had a basis, what's this have?
  • ari
    Ok, Steven Dorf may have some talent as an actor but he takes shitty roles in which bomb n barely anyone sees. I'm guessing he believes that if he stars in a studio picture hell get better offers, but prequel to blade...please
  • LatriceShannel
    uhm, deacon frost wasnt that intriguing. something tells me this will be a waste of filming but whatevssss.
  • Electme!
    Nonsense!! Deacon Frost was way cool, cmon!! BEST VAMPIRE EVER!!! Next to David from Lost Boys

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