In terms of comeback performances, Wesley Snipes in the (let’s face it, slightly) overindulgent “The Expendables 3″ was probably not all that successful. The film tanking at the box office certainly didn’t help. But I gotta admit, I had fun watching Snipes return to the big screen.
With “The Expendables 3″ in the rear view mirror and his career (sort of) back on track — or at least, he’s not in prison anymore, so you know, that’s a hell of an improvement — what are the possibility of Snipes slipping on the shades and slicing vampire fools up once again as the Marvel comic book character Blade?
As you’ll recall, Snipes starred in all three “Blade” films, playing a half-vampire, half-human slayer with a badass arsenal complimented by some wicked badass martial artistry. You could even say his Blade was the first real Marvel character to hit it big, well before Captain America, Iron Man, or the Hulk. The last “Blade” movie was 2004’s “Blade: Trinity,” which was for the most part a set up for a spin-off movie featuring then-up and coming kids Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel. That plan, er, didn’t quite work out.
When asked way back in July if he’d do another “Blade” movie, Snipes told MTV this:
Yeah, I’d be open to it. I think we’ve got some stones left unturned, and there’s some latitude for us to build on. I’d love to get back in the suit again and do some things that I’ve learned how to do now, that I didn’t know how to do then. I think we’re better at making that kind of a film now.
Anyways, someone is now telling the NY Daily News that the possibility of Snipes doing a fourth “Blade” movie is “‘looking good’ and that he’ll make $3 million from this film, plus a cut of the profits.”
Not bad for a guy in federal prison until earlier this year!
I have absolutely no idea how real this scoop is, but I wouldn’t be too quick to dismiss it. Given the popularity of comic book superhero movies these days, not to mention the Marvel brand, you gotta figure a smart producer would be making this happen now>. Also, keep in mind that the first “Blade” in 1998 was a huge hit at the time, the sequel in 2002 (directed by Guillermo del Toro, of all people) did decent box office, and even the much-derided third movie managed to double its budget, though it was generally considered a failure.
Again: Known commodity + Marvel brand = hit?
If you ask me, this is not ice skating uphill:
Via : Uproxx