Wesley Snipes Says He Is Up for Blade 4
02.23.10 by BJSprecher
Just when it seemed like there was no possible hope of ever seeing actor Wesley Snipes pick up the silver stakes and don the trademark leather trench coat and sunglasses of the "Daywalker" in another Blade movie, AITH reports that Snipes has admitted that there has been some talk about a Blade 4 and that he would reprise the role if the right script came along.
Many factors seemed to conspire against the continuation of the Blade series. The failure of Blade: Trinity to match the success of the previous movies in the series was one nail in the coffin (vampire pun intended) of the franchise. The second nail was driven home when Snipes filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against New Line Cinema, writer-director David S. Goyer and the producers of Blade: Trinity for denying him creative decisions as producer, limiting his screen time, and failure to pay him adequately. The third and final nail was the volatile interview that Snipes gave in 2007 in which he alleged that the root of the problems surrounding Blade: Trinity's lackluster performance were far deeper and more nefarious than creative or financial squabbles.
Systematic racism was used to divert focus away from the real issues of an incompetent director and inexperienced producers with a $60 million budget, and onto the "insubordinate, difficult, self-immersed actor."
The Blade character managed to fight on after Snipes in the form of Blade: The Series, with actor-rapper Kirk "
Sticky Fingaz" Jones in the lead, but it just wasn't the same without him and the show was cancelled after only one season on Spike TV. The last attempt to mine the Blade gold mine was a planned trilogy of movies based on Stephen Dorff's Deacon Frost character from the first Blade, but the spin-off never materialized.
Considering all of these setbacks, Snipes' return to the role could be just what the franchise needs to continue. And, given the current infatuation with vampires in Hollywood right now, Blade should feel right at home.