1998's "Blade" is largely credited as the film that kickstarted the current dominance of comic book movies in Hollywood. But could the half-vampire hero make a comeback in the era of megafranchises?
Star Wesley Snipes has been making the press rounds for his NBC comeback vehicle "The Player," and at a stop with the Huffington Post, he explained that he's all in for a "Blade 4" if Marvel Studios is interested in partnering for it.
"There's always a possibility, you know. It's in Marvel's hands. They're controlling the pace and the flow with that. Conversations have been good. They see the value in it. We see the value in it," Snipes said. "I'm still in shape enough and fit enough to handle the role. We'll see how it goes. I don't really know what's going to happen to it yet."
Asked whether he'd like to see his character join the Avengers, the actor said, "That would be interesting. I mean, I know it's in the comic book. It would be interesting to see where they would place him and where he really would fit in. He's got to bite somebody. I don't know who he's going to bite."
This is only Snipes' most recent talk of a negotiation with Marvel after dropping hints at Comic-Con in San Diego and saying that their talks stretched beyond the simple idea of him continuing the role.
Completed as a trilogy in 2004, the Blade franchise included creative contributions from comic adaptation heavyweights like David S. Goyer and Guillermo Del Toro. The character also appeared in a one-season TV run in 2006, and though his comic book appearances have been sporadic over the years, he's poised for a four-color return alongside his new daughter next month.