Pakistani-American filmmaker Bassam Tariq in talks with Marvel Studio to direct ‘Blade’

Another Big Gig

Karachi born director and producer Bassam Tariq, who also has Riz Ahmed’s Mogul Mowgli to his credit, is in talks to direct Marvel Studio’s upcoming movie Blade, starring Mahershala Ali. The highly anticipated film is currently undated, but expected to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Four. Tariq’s filmography of documentaries and short films includes These Birds Walk, 11/8/16, Red Mountain Choir, Wa’ad, Mogambo and Ghosts of Sugar Land. In February, Watchmen writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour was confirmed to write the movie’s script with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige producing it. Wesley Snipes previously played the half-vampire superhero in a trilogy of box-office blockbusters, beginning with 1998’s Blade. The long-anticipated reboot came together after Ali, who starred in the Marvel series Luke Cage for Netflix, made it known to Marvel Studios that he wanted to take up Snipes’ superhero mantle. Marvel Studios eagerly accepted Ali’s pitch and the rest has become history.