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. Posted 02.23.10 by BrentJS
Remember back in the '90s when Stephen Dorff (Blade, Backbeat) was going to be the next big thing? And then he wasn't? Well, he's trying for a resurgence.
Dorff has been hard at work on several movies, including Felon, an indie film with Val Kilmer about an everyday man who winds up changed by his time behind bars, as well as the rather high profile John Dillinger biopic, Public Enemies, headlined by a certain Mr. Johnny Depp.
"Felon jacked me up, and going into Public Enemies after that, it was an intense five-month movie with [director] Michael Mann. I feel like I’m doing some of the best stuff I’ve done now," Dorff told us.
But as intense as it was, Dorff was thankful for the experience. "It’s trippy because I grew up watching guys like Johnny and respecting those choices of Sean Penn and Johnny Depp who did all these cool, smaller movies," he said.
"That’s one of the reasons why I did my career that way I did it, was because of guys like that. I worked with John Waters and people said, ‘Oh, what do you want to do a John Waters movie for?’ Because it’s John Waters, I want to go for that experience. I never did that movie before,'" he explained. "To me it was always about breaking those rules and that’s what guys like Johnny did. And [then] a funny little pirate movie changed his life." Posted 07.15.08 by reelz