Bassam Tariq leaves 2023 film – News Kidda

Marvel Studios Sheet director Bassam Tariq will no longer be at the helm.

Sheet, whose release date is November 3, 2023, was gearing up to begin shooting in Atlanta in November. It’s unclear how Tariq’s departure will affect the production start of the vampire action thriller, which stars Oscar winner Mahershala Ali in the title role, and also stars Delroy Lindo and Old actor Aaron Pierre.

“Due to ongoing shifts in our production schedule, Bassam will no longer continue as director of Sheet but will remain an executive producer on the film,” Marvel said in a statement until THR. “We appreciate Bassam’s talent and all the work he has done to get it Sheet to where it is.”

Tariq thanked Marvel in his own statement: “It has been an honor to work with the wonderful people at Marvel. We’ve been able to put together an amazing cast and crew. Excited to see where the next director takes the film.”

Sheet has seen the start of production at least once, if not twice, and sources say the project has gone through several rounds of script rewrites. Beau DeMayo, who has appeared on shows such as: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Witcher and its animated spin-off, as well as that of Marvel Moon Knight, is the current writer. A source says the studio is already in search mode for a new director.

Sheet is one of Marvel’s most anticipated films since the studio announced the project with much fanfare at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019. At the very end of the Marvel panel, Ali surprisingly appeared and donned a baseball cap with the Blade logo. Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige later told THR that Ali had personally called him to express an interest in playing the character.

Blade was created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan for the years 1973 Dracula’s Tomb No. 10. He is a half-, half-immortal who hunts vampires to avenge his mother, who was killed by a vampire when she gave birth to him. Wesley Snipes previously played the character in a trilogy released in the early 2000s.

Tariq co-directed and co-wrote Mogul Mowgli, the well-known rap drama starring Riz Ahmed. He was on Sheet working on a first script of . since the summer of 2021 guards writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour.

Blade has already made its Marvel Cinematic Universe debut, at least in part. In 2021 EternalsAli made a surprising voice in a post-credits scene, suggesting Marvel is ready to explore a horror side of the MCU. The director’s departure comes as Marvel gears up to release its first horror-themed project, the Halloween special Werewolf at nightwhich will be released on Disney+ on October 7.

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