Blade will suck on the tube

The sci-fi action trilogy Blade is being turned into a television series by Spike TV, the Network for Men. Spike, which so far has not hit a solid home run with its base audience, hopes the vampire franchise will develop a Buffy-like following. The movies, which are based on a comic book, tell the story of a sword-wielding "good" vampire who fights bad vampires.

David Goyer, writer of the three theatrical installments, will serve as executive producer. Wesley Snipes, who portrayed the titular character in the films, is not expected to be on board, because: he's currently suing the filmmakers and the studio for breach of contract.

Watch for Blade to rise from its coffin in early 2006.

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This addressed to the guy who said Blade had Tatoos on his head and not only on his shoulders. You dont know anything about Blade at all. You obviously are obly getting your knowledge from the movies. Blade is a comic spreading from the 70's to current. And guess what. He has NO tats. None whatsoever. He didnt drive a car he rode a motorcycle. You probably dont even know where the latest movie got its characters from. Abigail whistler was not a nightstalker. there were three of them Blade, King and Frank Drake. a direct descendant of dracula himself. Blade wasnt just a character thought up for the movies. He has been showcased in the Tomb of Dracula comic series since around 1976. If you want to be critical of a series at least know what points are not correct before you do. As much as I enjoyed the movies, it is they that are incorrect in portraying Blade not the series. The series ironically got it right and look what happens. People like you ruin shows that would be great for those of us who care about the integrity of a medium that you obviously do not use. The Comic Book. Im sure you probably liked Constantine as well. Even though they raped the character of John Constantine and made him american when he is more english than the queen.At least before you spew forth your dribble about bad content how about you pick up the comic it came from and be informed instead of just shooting from the hip.

Till they pry it from my cold dead fingers...make mine Marvel!



Jethro Lamb
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you guys havent a clue..Blade is a great idea for a series and all you talk about is how bad it will be..no wonder we in our genre never get any good chows..look how you all bag it. We get stuck with all this reality crap and mediocre shildrens dawsons creek crap for years..we finally get something worth developing and you all bag it..go back to your dark corners and feed off the movies that you obviously care about.,,you should be trying to understand the comics instead of 3 very insignificant pieces of film about a character spanning more than 20 years.. Shame on you all..you dont deserve a say ..all you did was make TV a little worst by saying what you said. Now we dont get the chance to watch it develop..well done..Losers
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Theatrical Blade Wesley Snipes
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NO offense but wesley snipes is a sorry actor this guy in the blade series was 20 times better. and besides the tv show stargate did great wihout kurt russel.
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Well, it was interesting to watch, to say the least....
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> Didn't they see the movie to know that it is the CHARACTER Blade that is just as important as the popular vampire story lines?

I dunno, did the *writer* of the movies see them?

Ya know, people, you don't REALLY have any experience as casting agents. Get a clue. Some of these people DO know what they are about. They sometimes do a spectacular job of taking something and altering it, esp. when they had a lot to do with the original, as Buffy did via Joss Whedon and this one appears to have with David Goyer.

The Batman fans screamed when Michael Keaton was announced. He did OK. The fans screamed again when Christian Bale was announced. He did fine.

I'd give it a shot -- say, six eps, to show some *promise* (remember some of the best series were fairly mediocre the first year -- most of the Star Treks took up to three years to hit stride, and even Babylon Five took a year and a half to really get GOOD. There's only a few SF/Fantasy series which did well right off the top, like, say, Dark Angel.

So cut it some slack -- if it's not obviously lame after six eps, give it a chance to get better. And stop saying it sucks when you don't have anything other than vague expectations to go on.

Also, don't presume/demand the show to be identical to the movies -- Highlander wasn't, but a lot of people still liked the TV series. The requirements for an interesting **series** are quite different from that of a **movie**.

Movies -have- to be about BIG events.

TV shows are necessarily far more mid-level about most things in each ep. So expect "reasonably" of the series, and you may wind up enjoying it.
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I'm sorry, but I agree with Raimi. This show couldn't be half as good as the movie without having Wesley Snipes in it. Snipes was the perfect actor to portray Blade, and he did a wonderful job of it. This will soil the name of Blade forever.
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"Blade" will suck on the tube for sure UNFORTUNATELY due to the present B-list casting - no personal affront to this rapper Kirk Jones, but NO! What was the casting agent thinking? How can they post those cheesy casting pictures up (see blackfilm.com)- Blade is supposed to walk in 2 worlds while belonging in neither - Kirk Jones looks like he is just STUCK in 2 worlds. Didn't they see the movie to know that it is the CHARACTER Blade that is just as important as the popular vampire story lines? Without the character of Blade being at least as Blade-like as Snipes, it will ruin the potentially successful tv-adaptation of a popular movie franchise which has highly moldable for tv.

I hope they reconsider the cast - my family and friends WOULD enjoy a tv series of Blade if the casting was great. I thought at one point they were considering Jerry Bell, a world champion martial artists of many styles, a smooth brother and much better looking and built than this rapper - was there a rapping requirement in the auditions or something? What happened?
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Ok, IM a huge fan of the Blade series, Movies I mean. Me and my family own them all. I love the combination of martial arts and vampires. But from what I see about this t.v. series, it is goign to be nothing like the movies. The outfit is nothing like the one Wesley Snipes wears. The weapons are in the wrong places. And Blade had tattoos on the sides of his head, not just on his shoulders. I dont know how well this is going to go. I will of course watch it to see how it is. But I am here to tell you, noone can do 'Blade' like Wesley Snipes. He is Blade. But I will give the show a chance, but I dont expect a lot of good reviews.
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Here's a thought - why not hire an actor with some martial arts training instead of a rapper? Why is everyone in hip hop trying to be the next Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? I don't care if that show was considered successful..."Family Matters" and "Full House" were considered successful too, and those shows were unwatchable.

I'm a Blade fan and I want to see the series do well. Though I understand the Buffy references, the Buffy movie didn't get nearly as much attention as the Blade flicks, and I suspect that much (if not most) of the Buffy audience never saw her first appearance. Sarah Michelle Gellar didn't have to replace Kristy Swanson in the fan's minds, but until further notice, Wesley Snipes *is* Blade, and it could be a tough torch to pass.
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Here's a thought - why not hire an actor with some martial arts training instead of a rapper? Why is everyone in hip hop trying to be the next Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? I don't care if that show was considered successful..."Family Matters" and "Full House" were considered successful too, and those shows were unwatchable.

I'm a Blade fan and I want to see the series do well. Though I understand the Buffy references, the Buffy movie didn't get nearly as much attention as the Blade flicks, and I suspect that much (if not most) of the Buffy audience never saw her first appearance. Sarah Michelle Gellar didn't have to replace Kristy Swanson in the fan's minds, but until further notice, Wesley Snipes *is* Blade, and it could be a tough torch to pass.
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Great idea for a t.v. series, but the casting is the key to success. I don't think Sticky Fingazz can play this role convincingly. You need an athletic body and great intensity to fill Wesley Snipes shoes. If you like rappers, try Busta Rhymes.
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i think it stands a chance i mean its something new i mean buffy the vampire slayer was just to girly and i thought it sucked but this has potential but only if its done right
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The Rapper Sticky Finggaz Is the New Blade
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I was so sad when they said they were done with the movies. I cant wait to see how the show turns out, but it wont be the same without snipes.
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My name is Mark Kees Miller aka Marquenzo Madsci.
I'm looking for the name of the casting director for the television series 'Blade'
I'm interested in the lead role and I would like to think that I could contribute some story ideas.

I was thinking that there could be a cross-over from the X-Men comic books and Blade could go up head to head against Apokalypes. It would be great on TV because I heard that people would think a movie with the X-Men versus Apokalypes would be(Get this) too Cartoony.

If there are any casting people interested in casting me they could catch me at www.locist.com
and they could search for Marquenzo.
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To be honest, I'm skeptical about this. I just can't imagine the show without Snipes. Maaaaaybe if some heavy money would be invested in this and some major effects....
...but I just don't see it! They would be better of with a cartoon...

Raimi
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