Jailed Wesley Snipes on Appearing in Another Blade: "Under the Right Circumstances"
08.12.11 by Ryan
During this year's Comic-Con, Marvel Studios announced that they had reclaimed the movie rights to Marvel Comics character of Blade, with plans to make a "bigger media project" involving the character after the studio has finished dealing with "icon" characters.
While Marvel's plans clearly point to a long-term approach to another Blade project, the studio will have to wait if they plan to use actor Wesley Snipes, who has played the character in a trilogy of Blade movies but is currently serving a three-year prison sentence for tax evasion. That didn't stop Snipes from talking to IGN, who asked the actor if he would be interested in appearing in another Blade movie. Snipes' response? "Under the right circumstances."
Getting asked this question all the time, my response is: "Under the right circumstances, with the right team, yes, I'd do another one." But don't get me wrong, I'm not waiting around for the opportunity. I've got plenty to do, plus an unrivaled character in the works who I think will give Blade a helluva run for his money. It would be nice to fulfill some of the really cool plans we had for Blade, but didn't get the chance to go live with.
The first Blade movie was released in 1998, one of the first Marvel comic book adaptations that began the tidal wave that continued through the 2000s and continues today. Snipes was pleased to be told that Blade "kickstarted" the movement.
Thanks for saying that. Some people forget or overlook my/our contribution to this current trend. The "Gaming" community knows and the streets give us credits, but the movie world frequently plays us like the "ugly step child" or the "kitchen help," especially when the conversation revolves around the "boys in tights" or "the bat".
Snipes began his sentence in December of 2010, with plenty of time left before he is released. In the meantime, he is keeping busy while finishing out his sentence by "reading, studying, staying fit, leading warrior yoga classes, collecting incredible stories, and nodding my head each time someone says to me 'for real, Snipes, I can't believe they sent you here for misdemeanors! I've never seen that before, they really screwed you!'"
Once he gets out, the actor is sure that he'll land on his feet. "Don't count the original Daywalker out just yet," said Snipes.