Wesley Snipes Returning to Blade Franchise

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Wesley Snipes is set to make a comeback of sorts by reprising the lead role in the Blade film franchise. There’s no official confirmation on this story, but Daily News‘ sources claim that his comeback is “looking good,” and that the actor will stand to “make $3 million from this film, plus a cut of the profits.”

Blade, directed by Stephen Norrington (who has been M.I.A. since he helmed the generally criticised The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), earned over $131 million worldwide and received two sequels. Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) directed the second film, which earned over $155 million on a budget of $54 million; and David S. Goyer (writer on Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy) was at the helm of the third film, Blade: Trinity, which still managed to earn over $128 million worldwide despite a generally negative reception.

It will be interesting to see whether or not audiences can again embrace this much darker Marvel character, since PG-13 superhero films are all the rage at the moment. Apart from Blade himself, we’re interested in seeing whether Snipes can still attract viewers. Snipes, who can currently be seen in The Expendables 3, spent two and half years in prison for tax evasion in the U.S. He was released in April 2013.

Just to refresh your memory, here’s the high-energy original trailer for the 1998 film, Blade: