Wesley Snipes is reportedly looking forward to reclaiming an old role as a vampire hunter in a fourth installment of Blade.
Daily News reported that Snipes would make $3 million and a cut of the profits for starring in the fourth movie in the Blade series. A source close to Snipes let the beans spill about some small movie details and claims that Snipes is “looking good” for the main role in the fourth installment of Blade.
The original Blade movie debuted in 1998 and made more than $130 million. It was followed by Blade II in 2002 and Blade: Trinity in 2004. Snipes played “Blade” in all three of the films.
Snipes recently told MTV that he was ready to return to the Blade franchise if he was asked to do it:
“I’d be open to it. I think we’ve got some stones left unturned and there’s some latitude left for us to build on and I’d love to get back in the suit again and do some things I’ve learned how to do now that I didn’t know how to do then. I think we’re better at making that kind of a film now.”
According to Comic Book, the studio that originally owned the rights to the main character in the first three Blade movies no longer had the rights to it. The rights to Blade were returned to Marvel Studios since the Blade franchise has been in the dark for so long.
Comic Book doubts that Wesley Snipes has actually been signed on to do the role because Marvel Studios typically requires a lengthy negotiation process with actors and encourages them to agree to multi-picture deals. Snipes revealed his interest in the film only recently and that has not left much room for the typical actions of Marvel Studios.
Snipes was in prison for two and a half years for committing tax evasion. Wesley was released from a federal prison in Pennsylvania in April 2013.
While in prison, Snipes was contacted about his role in the Expendables 3 film. It is possible that Wesley could have been contacted by Marvel Studios within that time, too; perhaps Marvel Studios went against its usual protocol for casting actors and quickly got the ball rolling for the fourth Blade movie.
At this point, anything but Wesley Snipes’ interest in the film is simply speculation, but Blade fans would love to see the “Daywalker” return to the big screen again.