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"Blade" TV movie coming to Spike TV

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LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) The half-man, half-vampire Blade will continue to walk the earth, only in a slightly smaller format.
Spike TV says it has ordered a two-hour movie/series pilot based on the "Blade" movies, with a premiere targeted for early next year. It's the first original scripted project greenlit under new network president Doug Herzog.

"The action-adventure genre is largely ignored in today's television landscape, and we know it is something that our male viewers really want," Herzog says. "'Blade' is a great movie franchise with an established brand that men already recognize and identify with."

When he took the reins of Spike this year, Herzog (also president of Comedy Central) said he wanted to focus on scripted series that would complement the net's library of "CSI" repeats. Spike will also lose its top-rated show, "WWE Raw," later this year.
David S. Goyer, who wrote all three "Blade" films and directed the final installment, "Blade: Trinity," will serve as an executive producer of the pilot. He's not expected to write it, however, as he's also at work on two other comic book-based film projects, "Ghost Rider" and "The Flash." New Line Television and Marvel Studios are producing the pilot.

As with the movies and the Marvel comic that inspired them, the "Blade" series will tell the story of an immortal half-man, half-vampire who fights to protect mankind from the creatures of the night. Wesley Snipes starred in the films but is unlikely to reprise the role for television.
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Well, it was only a matter of time before we got vampires back on weekly television.
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sounds good so far, hope this goes through
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Wonder who they'll get. Wayne Brady is available.
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I vote for Tim Meadows.
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Without snipes, I can't see this doing too well.
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I predict either Malcom-Jamal Warner or Ted McGinley.
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I'd like to see someone serious play him, not someone funny.
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Someone in another forum mentioned that Michael Jai White might be a good candidate to play Blade.

They presented this picture as proof that he, at the very least, has a good enough build to play the character:

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Can't be any worse than Blade: Trinity. It really can't!
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Originally Posted by Fok
Without snipes, I can't see this doing too well.
With his current lawsuit, I am guessing he won't be involved.
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Without snipes, I can't see this doing too well.
I'm not so sure. Snipes sucked in Trinity. I think new blood would give the series a boost, both on tv and the theatre.
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Brutha Angel? Yikes....
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I vote for Anthony Montgomery (from Enterprise), Michael Jai White
or Ice Cube
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Omar Epps -- so he can take over a role for Snipes twice
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Malcom-Jamal Warner


Overall I guess depending upon how they handle it it could be an interesting series. W/ Goyer involved hopefully there will be some consistancy but that's not garunteed considering the continuity errors in the movies
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The TV series could become bigger than the movies ala Buffy

Potential is there

Malcolm Jamal Warner was cool in Jeremiah, leave him alone !
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Malcolm Jamal Warner was cool in Jeremiah, leave him alone !
It was specifically because of his performance in Jeremiah that I think he would be great for the role.
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Theo Huxtable as Blade?! Steve Urkel maybe, but I don't know about Theo.
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I know he's not young anymore, but Carl Weathers would be good, so we could see Blade get a stew on.
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maybe DJ Qualls
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I am thinking they could extend blade franchise to be a new 'nightstalker' franchise.

If anyone has seen the alternate ending of blade:trinity, they know what I am talking about.
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It was specifically because of his performance in Jeremiah that I think he would be great for the role.

My comment was really directed at Adam Blast who mentioned Malcolm alongside Ted McLinley so i figured he was taking the piss
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http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire2005/i...ory=0&id=31717

Batman Begins screenwriter David S. Goyer told SCI FI Wire that he's producing an hourlong television series based on his Blade movies for Spike TV, to begin airing next June. "We're doing a Blade TV show," Goyer said in an interview at CBS' fall press preview in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he was promoting his upcoming SF series Threshold. "I'm co-writing the pilot with [comic writer] Geoff Johns, and it's going to be Spike's first dramatic show, and it's going to air next June."

Goyer said that the network has ordered 13 episodes of the new series, which will center on the vampire-killing hero of the Blade films, which Goyer also wrote (he directed the last one, Blade: Trinity). "It'll be Blade, but it's different than the movies, that's all I can say," Goyer said, adding that a new actor will be hired to portray the iconic character, who was played by Wesley Snipes in the movies.

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