‘Blade 4’ without Wesley Snipes?

David Goyer talks about the future of the franchise...

Blade 4:Ain't It Cool News recently sat down with writer/director David Goyer to discuss, among other things, the future of the Blade franchise. The interview revealed some startling facts regarding New Line Cinema's willingness to move the franchise ahead without actor Weslet snipes starring the lead...

We were talking about the ending of BLADE TRINITY at the time. You were tinkering with it and could possibly go in two different directions with it. Are you still working on that?

There are a lot of rumors about the ending, none of which are completely right. I’ve seen a lot of people saying that he dies, or that they changed the ending so that he doesn’t die. I don’t want to give anything away, obviously, but I love it when I read stuff online that is put forward with such complete (authority), and then it becomes canon because other websites pick it up and you just sit there, shake your head and say, “No, you don’t know. That’s not even remotely what’s happening.” But there are definitely different endings that we’ve been playing around with, some versions of which will show up on the DVD as deleted scenes. We’re doing a third test in the coming weeks, and that will be the ending that was scripted. We’ve never tested that ending, so we’ll see how that goes. There were also a lot of differences of opinion as to – and, unfortunately, until the movie comes out, I can’t fully reveal this. But there was a lot of internal dissent between different parties as to what way to go with the ending.

Between New Line and yourself?

And even Marvel, too. It’s actually been quite the happy family in the main, but there are just a lot of different people with wildly opinions about how, as the third movie, it should end. Everyone was very passionate about it, and I was surprised at the positions some of the party took.

I would think that some of this would have to do with maintaining the franchise, and going forward with the Nightstalkers.

Yes and no. I know this sounds crazy, but, originally, New Line… it could go any different direction. There could be another BLADE; there could not be another one. There could be a NIGHTSTALKERS; there could not be another one. There could be another BLADE without Wesley. New Line was willing to do that. It just depends. And I’m not trying to give you a bullshit Hollywood answer, but… at the end of the day all of these decisions are made, first and foremost, because of business considerations. It’s how profitable the film is… the DVD’s… things like that. How much money do they have to pay the star, and does that cut into their profits? Things like that. I remember at one point they were saying, “Oh, we should make another one with DMX.” And just because of DMX, it’ll be $10 million cheaper. But then will it make as much money? I don’t know.

I was going to say that I just received the KILL BILL VOL. 2 DVD the other day. Michael Jai White’s pretty badass with a sword in that deleted scene.

Different people online have said that he should be the new Blade. He’s a good actor, and he certainly knows martial arts. We used to talk about if we did a television show maybe he could play Blade. The difference between Blade and Batman, having another actor play the character, is that, with Batman, there had been the Adam West Batman, and then there was Michael Keaton. And people were wondering how the franchise would continue if it wasn’t Michael Keaton. With Blade, there’s only been one version, and it’s always been Wesley. If it were a prequel, I could see the audience buying it. Would the audience buy it if it wasn’t Wesley and it was a sequel? I don’t know.

The interesting thing with Wesley nowadays is that he does the BLADE movies, and that’s it.

He’s certainly, in the last decade, not really known for much else.

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Comments (18)

  1. Cw1688

    I didn't realize wesley snipes was so gready and an attention whor* he must have severe self esteem issues to want to be the sole character in the spotlight I loved the third one with ryan and jessica I thought It gave his character more caracter besides he had a side kick in the first one. hello whistler so I could care less if I see him in anything again. use the dude from the series he was a great substitute. Im dissapointed that we wasted this time waiting for wesley to get out of jail. bring on blade 4 please

    2 years agoby @cw1688Flag

  2. Cw1688

    Origionally I didn't want to see a blade without wesley snipes but I didn't realize what a

    2 years agoby @cw1688Flag

  3. T.Clark

    THIS IS FROM 2004!!!!

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  4. Rstars

    I didn't see Blade as a continuation of a story like they made Batman out to be and other movies. So there maybe will be another one, so I just can't wait to see it. Now I see that there should be Blade 4. I miss the Blade movies! So I just hope they'll still keep working on there being a Blade 4. I promise I'll buy the DVD and I Rarely Ever buy DVD's! One condition: there is not a "rape" scene in it.

    5 years agoby @rstarsFlag

  5. darkdream

    theres no Blade without Wesley Snipes sorry i wont see this film

    5 years agoby @darkdreamFlag

  6. Rstars

    "The interesting thing with Wesley nowadays is that he does the BLADE movies, and that's it." Maybe he's made enough $$$ from all those Blade movies that he Doesn't feel like doing anymore types of movies. So what if he doesn't want to make anymore. Let someone else act and make some $$$ as well. Good idea, eh?

    5 years agoby @rstarsFlag

  7. Rstars

    No Way, I'm going to another Blade w/out Snipes in it unless he says he doesn't want to act in it. Not going to C it anyway. "but... at the end of the day all of these decisions are made, first and foremost, because of business considerations." Oh yes, PROFITS -- well, now, I pick and choose what movies I want to go to. I used to go to a LOT of movies almost my Entire Life. NO more though. Look at what they did with the tv series of Terminator(Skynet). Just stopped it without letting us know Why - No announcement - Nothing! We were wondering what would happen next. That was a real shame!

    On the internet I see people commenting on movies they don't like and they are saying, "Why isn't hollywood putting out another good movie yet again??" Like I've been saying - they don't hire people like me/us to write the Right movie storyline....But I'm going to buy a few DVD's from last year and this year. I Rarely buy them. Suggestion: instead of saying THE Batman(which sounds stupid in my opinion); why don't you just call it Batman like you used to or it was called Batman and Robin NOT: The Batman and Robin...
    WHY ISN'T JIM CARRY GETTING AN OSCAR - Look at the kind of acting job he did in The Christimas Carrol1! It was nothing short of Spectacular!!! Thank you..

    5 years agoby @rstarsFlag

  8. Iconhulk

    Keaton should have been casted and kept to play Batman, Robert Englund should be playing his most important role in what is now 'ready for disaster' Nightmare on Elm Street another remake going down the toilet.. Its pathetic, outrageous and obsered

    5 years agoby @iconhulkFlag

  9. lxfe4rxl

    that dracula didnt die in blade trinity there should be a blade 4 or the movie just banother movie that is never fiished like other flims u should continue with it that dracula comes bak sumhow maybe comes back but dont but u should make a sequal hope so because the third 1 was badazz but yeah hope so peace

    7 years agoby @lxfe4rxlFlag

  10. Radimus-83

    it was rumoured they were gonna make a spin off with the "Nightstalkers" (Beil, Reynolds).. but that was said ages ago also, so...... guess not!

    7 years agoby @radimus-83Flag

  11. Marcusx

    haha i just noticed that! this sh*ts old damn!

    7 years agoby @marcusxFlag

  12. T.Clark

    Nobody commented on this until 3 years after it was up.

    7 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  13. T.Clark

    Wow, 2004... I agree with marc.

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  15. killahmovie24

    besides the sh*tty show i like the blade franchise no wes NO 4!!! and bring back jessica beil!!!!!

    7 years agoby @killahmovie24Flag

  16. Marcusx

    ok without wes its not the same sh*t. im done besides 4 blades is too much. and without wes will be a direct to dvd release. thats a given

    7 years agoby @marcusxFlag

  17. Vamp

    Aye, no wesly, I don't know...

    7 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  18. micram

    Would be nice to see Wesley again but he seems to have gone cranky. The only person who can fill Wesley's shoes is Michael Jai White (8 black belts I think). Excellent stature and physique, and also great voice. His acting may need some work for the part of Blade but I thought he was pretty good in Spawn.

    7 years agoby @micramFlag

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