Snipes for more Blade
When I saw Wesley Snipes in Brooklyn's Finest, a very good film I have to tell you, I was surprised at just how good a performance he can deliver. He's been set-up as the action hero for so long the one liners and aggressive performances have made us forget what he's actually capable of, and that film reminded me full on in the face.
However he's not acting at the moment as the US government have him locked up in prison for not paying his taxes, which is obviously the right thing to do as letting him out to earn money to pay off the tax debt and potential fines instead of costing them money locked up in prison would be quite insane wouldn't it?
Anyway, this isn't getting into a political debate, this is about Wesley Snipes and why we don't see more of him in good, solid films, apart from the fact he's in prison for the moment.
"Under the right circumstances, with the right team, yes, I'd do another one...It would be nice to fulfill some of the really cool plans we had for Blade, but didn't get the chance to go live with."
He does say that Blade is perhaps one of the key building blocks in the current trend and success of superheroes on screen, and there you would have to agree with him, for Blade did consist of the package we now associate with superhero films earlier than we remember. In 1996 Blade was darker, more gritty, took a modern take on vampires, and combined with some humour and great effects, as well as recognisable stars, it provided us with an unexpected superhero that is neither good nor evil.
I know I would love to see more Blade, and there's an audience out there for it, but at the same time I would like to see Wesley Snipes the actor. He goes on to say that Blade isn't the first thing he's doing when he's out sometime in 2013.
"But don't get me wrong, I'm not waiting around for the opportunity. I've got plenty to do, plus an unraveled character in the works who I think will give Blade a helluva run for his money."
Now the question is what could that next film be? Well he's just released a game for Apple devices called Julius Styles: The International and there are plans to turn the character into a feature film building on the game story and delivering a cross platform character and potential franchise.
However there's also a futuristic animated film called Omandi Mech 5 which tells of a scientist who sees his son resurrected into the body of a giant robot to fight alien creatures. Of that film he says:
"I screened about 18 minutes of footage, in motion graphic format, for exec at EA, who loved it. No firm deal as of yet, but prospects look great."
Plus there are plans to create a film and game around the idea that he and Antoine Fuqua had for a graphic novel called After Dark, and it's here where we find out that actually Snipes is going strong even considering his current situation. He reveals that he has five cross platform and potential franchise opportunities which cover a range of audiences.
He is indeed going strong, but for me this doesn't really sound like we're going to see Snipes the actor, but Snipes the action hero return. Which, truth be known, isn't a bad thing either.
While I was tempted to end this with a great line I love from Passenger 57, I think some of his closing words to the interview are best placed here:
"Don't count the original Daywalker out just yet..."
Here's to a welcome return.