The Hollywood Reporter broke the news yesterday that New York playwright now Los Angeles native Stacy Osei-Kuffour has officially joined Marvel‘s Blade, the Vampire Slayer movie as its writer. Stacy previously worked as a story editor and writer for HBO‘s series Watchmen. She will be the first Black female scribe to write a project for Marvel.
Blade, the Vampire Slayer is a new incarnation of Wesley Snipes‘ iconic vampire-slaying character from the 2000s franchise. Marvel revealed their plans to revamp the franchise during a presentation at 2019’s San Diego Comic-Con. They currently have cast Mahershala Ali to take over Snipes’ role as the horror hero. Until recently, the studio had been in meetings to find the perfect writer before settling on Stacy.
Blade was first created as a supporting character by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan and appeared in Tomb of Dracula No. 10 in 1973. He became a cult favorite, going from the comic book pages to the big screen. He is a human-vampire hybrid thanks to his mother being bitten while giving birth to him. This sends him on a life long path of vengeance against the blood-suckers.
Blade the Vampire Slayer joins Marvel’s long list of films debuting as part of phase four alongside Black Widow, Eternals, Spider-Man 3, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and many more. The release date has yet to be determined, but be sure to check back with us for more excited Marvel news!