"Confidenti@l has learned Wesley Snipes is set to reprise his lead role in “Blade,” the 1998 vampire thriller that made more than $130 million and generated two sequels.
Sources close to Snipes tells us the 52-year-old actor’s comeback after being released from prison in April 2013 (after serving two and a half years for tax evasion) is “looking good” and that he’ll make $3 million from this film, plus a cut of the profits. Let’s hope he remembers to pay Uncle Sam this time."
Here's a quote from an MTV interview with Wesley Snipes :
“I’d love to get back in the suit again and do some things I’ve learned how to do now that I didn’t know how to do then. I think we’re better at making that kind of a film now. Some of the things we did in the early parts of the franchise were experimental and now they’ve become customary in a lot of the ‘Avengers’ films and other comic book adaptations.”
If there is a Blade 4 I'd say that a scene of him killing Twilight vampires is pretty much guaranteed. I do worry that they'd be tempted to water the movie down in the hopes of following in the footsteps of other pg13 comicbook movies which are undeniably successful however. Then again Wesley Snipes certainly knows how EX3 turned out by trying to go that route...
"In a high-profile deal for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin's zombie film Maggie, Lionsgate has scooped up North American rights to the movie on the eve of the Toronto Film Festival, where the film was set to make its world premiere.
As a result of the preemptive pact, the apocalyptic thriller will no longer make an appearance at the festival since Lionsgate is planning an early 2015 release for the film, directed by Henry Hobson from a Black List script by John Scott 3. (The Governator, who was looking forward to attending a festival, could still have his chance if Maggie makes a bid for Sundance in January)."
"McTiernan says he is being eyed to rewrite someone else's script and direct a film that is scheduled to begin in January. He's strongly considering it, but there's one thing he doesn't like about the project. "They are trying to put in Arnold Schwarzenegger, and it's a bad idea. I have to convince them not to."
Here's some information on another project McTiernan is working on with John Travolta:
"...According to McTiernan, Hannibal Pictures is handling the film (The company is an international sales agency that packages talent to sell to overseas distributors. An executive at the company confirmed it's indeed working on this project titled Warbirds, followed by another McTiernan project titled Red Squad.) Travolta has signed up for the lead, and McTiernan aims to begin shooting this autumn. As for other cast-members, offers have gone out to Queen Latifah and Johnny Knoxville, says the director. The paperwork isn't quite complete. "They offered a million so far, my agent is still hoping to get one million and a quarter," said McTiernan, before adding that when he was hot, he would command $8 million per picture.
Under cross-examination by the bank's lawyer, McTiernan was challenged about whether the Travolta film can really be counted upon. The director, who says he's been taking two-hour meetings every day on this project, said Hannibal hired his assistant director this week as well as people to scout airplanes. Then, there's CGI firms in Atlanta and Montreal being interviewed to handle the special effects that will cost $3-5 million since "it's sort of the dog-fighting movie of all time they couldn't make when they had the real airplanes because it's too damn dangerous."
Plus, it's John Travolta. "He's one of five or six guys... the old term is 'bankable,'" says McTiernan. "If they commit, the movie happens."