When we last discussed the fanfare surrounding Mahershala Ali’s casting as Blade, many people on Twitter starting reeling a list of Black directors who can do justice to the daywalker’s story. We here at S&A even participated by including our very own list of six directors who could direct the MCU reboot of Blade. However, there’s one prominent director you can count on not making an appearance in the MCU this time around.
Academy Award winner Jordan Peele, who wrote and directed the acclaimed films Get Out and Us, has revealed to Rolling Stone that he has no interest in directing Blade.
“So many of those properties — it’s a childhood dream to be able to essentially see what you saw in your imagination as a child, watching or reading or whatever you were doing with that stuff,” he said. “It’s a filmmaker’s dream. But you know, I feel like I only have so much time. I have a lot of stories to tell, and it just doesn’t feel right.”
Peele, who is also producing the Nia DaCosta-directed Candyman reboot, has previously expressed his desire to direct and craft original stories rather than big franchises, despite the temptation. Aside from Peele, other names reeled to direct Blade include Nikyatu Jusu, Dee Rees and Tina Mabry.