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