Snipes still wants Blade sequel, tackles Martin Luther King
You know if Bruce Willis can return for two more Die Hards (news from yesterday) then why can't Wesley Snipes return for more Blade films?
It looks like Snipes wants to as he keeps talking about it, and his latest comments reveal he'd still like to do it, despite a list of other actors talking about the role.
”Maybe we get around to doing another Blade, except, from what I’m reading, every other actor is talking about playing him, and nobody is talking to Wesley...How strange that they don’t come and talk to me about it.”
Perhaps people are against the idea because he's been caught for tax evasion and they think that's bad that someone should still get fame for all that. Oh come on people. Famous faces from all across the globe have been caught and convicted for many crimes, some far worse than that, and yet they're back on the screen and sometimes rather revered.
No, I don't believe that's the reason. Frankly I don't know what is, because we would all love to see Blade back in action.
Perhaps it's because he's a much older man now and Blade couldn't really age? Well Wesley Snipes is not exactly out of shape, he's quite an African martial arts expert and he certainly does stay fit, if you saw him in Brooklyn's Finest recently you'd know exactly how fit he is and how good he looks, sure he's aged, but not that much that he couldn't take on a leading action role.
The comments in the Deadline Hollywood Daily article show that he's still working hard and keen to:
”Acting is my main lane, and I’m planning to expand that, taking the success of films like Blade and marinating that into something that flourishes.”
He's producing a new film that looks into the campaign by J. Edgar Hoover to discredit Martin Luther King Jr., and apparently explores the guilt that those men tasked with the job carried after the assassination.
It looks at the former Assistant Director of the FBI, William Sullivan, the man who ran the operation called Zorro, the operation designed to discredit the man and break his influence on the civil rights movement of the time. Sullivan even announced in public that at the time of the famous speech by King that they must employ tactics that were perhaps beyond the law and carry out actions without any evidence.
The story looks at that character somewhat differently to history, for he was killed in what is described as a hunting accident before testifying at a House Select Committee on the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., and the story will suggest that Sullivan was privately against the campaign on King and his family and collected evidence which he was planning on revealing in a book which would tell the truth of the involvement of Hoover and the FBI.
Written by Justin Stamm the film is called Code Name Zorro and it sounds like a powerful idea and a powerful film.
I think if the film does turn out as interesting as the write up there then I can definitely see why there's no need for Snipes to return to Blade. If he's producing and possibly starring in films such as this, then why does he need to go back?