Marvel stops production of “Blade” movie

May 8, 2023883 min

The consequences of the writers’ strike in Hollywood are already being felt. The production of “Blade”, the next movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), has just been stopped.

For more than ten days, Hollywood screenwriters have been on strike. They want to improve their working conditions and better wages. The result was not long in coming and the studios begin to pay the consequences of this work stoppage from the writers. As we could expect, without script, series, but also movies, will be delayed. And this is the case for Blade, one of the big productions to come from Marvel.

The film with a huge budget, starring Mahershala Ali, had already seen its release delayed after a change of director – Yann Demange is now in charge. But while the shooting was supposed to start next month in Atlanta, we learn by The Hollywood Reporter that Marvel Studios had no choice but to stop the production. Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) had been hired to work on the script, but his work had not been completed before the strike.

As a result, the production of Blade is stopped, but will resume when an agreement is reached between the Writers Guild of America (the union representing the writers) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (representing the studios). This is the first major project to be officially impacted. And if others will certainly follow in the coming days, this delay of Blade could have consequences on the other films in development of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Aviva Smadja

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