Wesley Snipes Ponders the Possibility of a Fourth Blade Movie
by Ethan Anderton
March 4, 2010
With Brooklyn's Finest hitting theaters this weekend, the promotional tour with the cast is in full swing. Inevitably, these press interviews circle around to the cast's other upcoming or potential projects so it's no surprise that one of the film's stars, Wesley Snipes, was asked by MTV about the occasional rumors about a fourth installment of the Blade franchise. There aren't any official plans yet, but of course Snipes is eager to return to the franchise: "I'm really surprised to see how people are anticipating me doing another one, so you never know. There are some things we really want to do that we didn't get a chance to do." Oh?
What could these "things" be? Snipes talks with MTV about how he'd like to approach a fourth movie, if one ever happens, and also takes a subtle shit on the third film which he was very publicly displeased with:
"The first and the second one were experiments, and we started to get better. If we do another one, it will reflect our maturity and our better understanding of the genre. [I'd like to see] a larger, multiracial cast, and it would be great to have some rehearsals before some of the action sequences."
So Snipes would like to come back, but does anybody want him back again? Following the filing of a lawsuit against New Line and company for their mistreatment of the franchise, and in turn, him as an actor and a person. Citing racism and irresponsibility, Snipes has more than a few unkind words against the makers of Blade Trinity. But of course on the other end of the spectrum came a report from Chris Parry of eFilmCritic recounting his experience on the set of the third film as he was writing a story for Spin Magazine. In the opening paragraph of his story, Parry sums up his feelings on the "real Wesley Snipes." Here's an excerpt:
"What I saw was a drug-affected, moody, uncooperative piece of garbage, masquerading as an actor while [everyone] all around him tried to cover for his shitty attitude. In fact, Snipes was so uncooperative that Spin ended up killing my story."
Head on over to eFilmCritic to read the entire story of Parry's less than stellar experience on set. Of course, everyone else couldn't have been more welcoming too, but Snipes ruined his experience, and as he said, his story. After you read the report, and you hear the somewhat radical things Snipes has to say, you probably won't be able to think of a good reason anyone would ever want to work with him again. But of course, they say time can heal all wounds, and I'm sure money would be a pretty nice Band-Aid to patch up all the bad energy around their last venture. But, with no script, treatment or even a solid idea yet (that we know of) it seems like a new Blade might be a ways off, if it's even in the cards at all. Do you guys want a Blade 4?
Reader Feedback - 37 Comments
To be honest..i would really love to see another Blade..especially if Snipes realizes it needs to be in the vein of the first 2 movies. I LOVED Blade 1 and 2, but 3 was sad (as if i needed to say that)..i say lets give him a chance and bring back the Blade we all loved. To me Blade 3 wasnt bad because of Snipes..it was bad because it was made so campy..and didnt have great fight scenes.
sam on Mar 4, 2010
In a word: no! I would like to see Snipes do another *real* movie, though, maybe with Spike Lee. Once upon a time he was a good actor. Not sure what happened to home during the last 15 years, but it's been a very rapid decline.
Scott on Mar 4, 2010
if it happens it will be in gimicky 3-D.
Xerxex on Mar 4, 2010
I would love to see another Blade film. If it were dark and edgy like the first with great action sequences and a solid story, who wouldn't. I HATED the third Blade flim with a passion. The story with Dracula was stupid and so were all the vampires. Triple-H in a wrestling match with Hannibal King in the end of the movie was more like a parody on the series. The whole movie was like some crap TV show you would see on the CW instead of an actually vampire/action film. It did not do it justice at all. I walked out of the first two with my jaw on the ground and I walked out of the third one shaking my head side-to-side. I think Snipes made his point, but a little too much. If you ever want to continue a franchise, you should never burn its bridges. David Goyer was the writer of all three and the director of the last one and after all the drama, I don't see him coming back to write a 4th for Wesley, no matter how much I would like to see it.
Matt on Mar 4, 2010
the sad thing, Xerxex might be right. but, i rather see Blade in 3-D, then Twilight. So, if this shit happens, let it happen!
LC on Mar 4, 2010
Yes, I would very much like to see a fourth Blade movie. Part 3 was just silly, felt/looked like (almost)everyone was giving up on this movie and that Snipes did not care. He did little screentime for a movie called "Blade", what were they thinking? Such a 80's move. Act819, or what it is called, if your legaladvice and accountants tell you this is oki to do, how the hell can you be sent to jail for 16years???
David Banner on Mar 4, 2010
I am up for seeing another blade movie. I do not believe that any of the movies were spectacular, but they were good popcorn movies. Xerxex you are totally on point with the movie being in 3-D. That is practically a lock!
livingword on Mar 4, 2010
Yeah, I'm up for another Blade movie. I don't really care what Wesley Snipes is really like. I don't watch movies to see the actors real life, I go to see the character they're portraying.
Darren Albert on Mar 4, 2010
I think I might rip my jaw off and then blind myself with it. Tired of these movies.
Angry Chief on Mar 4, 2010
A week later...
Jake the snake on Mar 4, 2010
Hell to the yeah! as long as it's not like trinity,and not in 3D.
Adam on Mar 4, 2010
As long as it has the quality and storyline of the first 2 Blades. Adding Bible John would make it way wick!
mr. sifuentes on Mar 4, 2010
Bring back Ryan Reynolds too, and I'm down for a fourth movie.
Craig on Mar 4, 2010
As a blade fan, I loved all of the films since that was the only thing saving the unsung marvel character. as long as goyer writes it and another director directs the fourth installment with a more mature plot. I'm all for it but please i beg of you, let this fourth one be the last and the finally one.
biggvel1 on Mar 4, 2010
Lord knows Snipes could use the work.
People's Champ on Mar 5, 2010
Snipe's needs the money too. I liked the Blade series, would love to see more.
Crapola on Mar 5, 2010
I agree with #1. Blade Trinity was too campy. I remember David Goyer saying in an interview back when the first Blade film came out that he would never make Blade campy like they did with the Batman films and in turn he wrote and directed Blade Trinity. That film really sucked. The whole movie was a mess.
last son on Mar 5, 2010
Oh please god yes... too many gay vampires flying around... we need shotguns and big stakes!
Ricardo on Mar 5, 2010
campy? really? the third was poorly edited, as was the 2nd. but the story.... your going to bitch about a vampire story being Dracula oriented. wt f are you retarded? cliche's happen. i for 1 would welcome anther blade film. the first, is what all comic movies strive for. the latter's expound on the original.
mgazo on Mar 5, 2010
Glad to hear everybody knows Blade 3 was easily the best movie in the trilogy. Anybody who thinks otherwise is a fuckin dumb ass. Clearly.
Somebody with actual intelligence on Mar 5, 2010
The only good thing about Blade Trinity was Jessica Biel's nice looking butt. I'd love to see another Blade movie, but definitely without the writers/director/producers that did the 3rd one
Chucho on Mar 5, 2010
Unfortuatnely snipes needs the money and when actors get to that point, they tend to sacrifice artistic integrity....(lol i just made myself laugh). I dont know what his money situation is really like or how desperate he is, but trust me on this one. blade will be wearing nikes and addidas and driving a chevy volt eating blood flavored doritos watching the simpsons on fox on his new samsung TV while tweeting on his AT&T 4G network iPhone all in 3D.. I loved blade 1 and 2... not like i love the godfather 1 and 2 but more like we are good friends and occasionally i get a handjob from the blade series. I can only hope that they take the campiness out of the series.. I would like to see no recurring characters, blade's life is a dangerous one and after many years of hunting, all the people he knows are dead. he works alone. if he is immortal becuase of the vampire in him, make the series in a later time period. and make it more gritty. darker and visceral. AND if snipes could get his shit together, that would be good too, as i have always liked his acting. i agree with #2... Snipes should consider a non action film or two along the way as well.
Goliad on Mar 5, 2010
That article was a real enlightener, as I used to admire Snipes. What a disappointment...
YK on Mar 5, 2010
I would love another blade. The first two were badass. Maybe one day blade can merge into the avengers...that would be sick. Who gives a fuck about his personal life. He makes good movies.
Tim on Mar 5, 2010
Maybe they can salvage the original trilogy by going with the original third film. the idea was an apocalyptic world ruled by vampires. Also, they wold have to find a way to get guillermo del toro, who wanted to do the third but New Line couldn't wait for him.
Mike J on Mar 5, 2010
The only problem with Blade 3 was that they brought Dracula into the mix. There was still the big Blade VS like 50 guys scene before the finale, the 'boss fight' was intense and cool, and Ryan Reynolds rocked it as the snarky bad-ass. All and all, a good flick. Blade 4, or whatever it would be called, has potential unless they bring Dracula back or some shit.
Phil Ringer on Mar 5, 2010
The first Blade blew me away. I didn't see it in the theaters, but waited to rent it. In those days, if a movie was based on a Marvel property, you knew it was going to be awful. I watched it with a friend of mine and as we are both comic geeks, we figured we would pick it apart, and laugh all the way through. It took us an hour just to get through the first 20 minutes of the film. We kept rewinding the opening fight scene in the underground vampire rave. We couldn't believe the fight choreography, the costuming and weapons, the music, and the over all bad-assedness of Snipes' Blade. By the end of the movie, we found very little to grouse about, and it became the first movie to really change the direction of Marvel-based movies. I never quite warmed to the second one, and the third was a very weak effort. For my money, Blade's story pretty much begins and ends with the original. Would I like to see a Blade 4? Yes. The first was so good, I will always give Snipes and the other film makers another chance to match or improve on the original.
Whale Master on Mar 5, 2010
BLADE 4 would be badass if Guillermo Del Toro is involved in any capacity!
dee on Mar 5, 2010
Snipes needs to drop this idea and make another movie with Woody Harrelson. Am I the only one who thinks these two actors are meant to be on screen together?
Colt on Mar 6, 2010
I'm a huge fan of the first movie!! The second was acceptable. I hated the third movie. It had some great scenes and concepts but it just didn't work with all the comic relief and cheesy vampire growls. I wish I could go back in time and prevent them from ever making Blade 3. Just thinking about it makes me mad. If they can keep a serious tone on another Blade movie I'm all for it. Hell, I say let there be a Nick Fury cameo. Blade eventually gets involved with SHIELD anyway in the comic... If we're gonna do it, lets do it big!!!
DJ SID on Mar 6, 2010
Ed on Mar 6, 2010
Snipes only took the Blade role in the first place because he wanted to get in good with MARVEL, so he could one day play the Black Panther. Now that the Blade series is well in the past, and Marvel is launching it's new independent movie continuity, why don't they just gives Snipes what he originally wanted and do a Black Panther movie? Or just stick him in an Avengers sequel as BP.
DRM on Mar 6, 2010
not 3D no no no no Pleaseeeee NO....
SAGA on Mar 6, 2010
Hell yeah! Bring it! This time he should take on the twilight people!
Ray on Mar 6, 2010
The Leading contenders for Blade are supposedly Raw Leiba whom they are trying to finally sign in Conan and a ex football player now actor Brian J White , by the way Leiba has also been mentioned for a villian role in Luke Cage and also for the lead in Black Panther movie.
Blade Fan 1 on Mar 10, 2010
Yeah and Snipes in the lead role again as well please.
Fisherr on Mar 10, 2010
Wesley has got to play Blade. Even if another good actor takes the part doesn't mean they will look convincing trying to portray a hardcore character like Blade. The problem with Blade 3 is its too damn quirky with people like Ryan Reynolds making corny jokes when there is vampires to be slain. The atmosphere surrounding a character like Blade should be dark, cold and full of death. Blade movies will always be great as long as they let Blade do what he does best, without the addition of pointless characters, and that is kill who ever necessary.
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