Did someone eat a huge bowl of nonsense for breakfast when they came up with this latest movie idea? According to Latino Review, director Stephen Norrington plans on further expanding the film adaptations of the Blade Trilogy. He directed the first installment in 1998, which was followed by two sequels done by Guillermo del Toro and David S. Goyer respectively. Norrington states that he plans on returning to the Blade franchise, but this time there will be one major change, no Blade!
Beware of spoilers ahead.
Norrington is currently working on his “reboot” of The Crow, but stated that he would be returning to the Marvel vampire franchise upon it’s completion. This time around instead of focusing on the title character, the director wants to shift the film’s focus to Deacon Frost, the villain from the first movie. Frost was a young vampire looking to wipe out the old regime in favor of a new establishment that he could control. He was portrayed by Stephen Dorff, and Norrington wants the actor back to star in a film specifically written for his character. According to Dorff this new take on the series would be “a prequel to the Blade movies, Deacon’s story. It’s a new trilogy the director has created. It will [be] cool.”
Norrington did confirm that he wanted to do a film with Deacon at the forefront, but also stated that “his vision for the film is not exactly how the article describes but close.” Yet, he does give Dorff kudos for coming up with the idea for the new film saying that it “has evolved into a very interesting story.” If you saw Blade, you know the character of Deacon Frost got chopped into little, bitty pieces in the end so there’s really no where to go but backwards with him.
I have to say that a Blade film without Blade just sounds ridiculous to me. There have been plenty of prequels and spin-offs from other properties that feature side characters, but I don’t personally think Frost is interesting enough to get a solo deal. There’s nothing about him that makes me ask “Why”. I really think they’re just grasping at straws here, and as a fan of the Blade comic, films, and the TV series (yes, I even watched that) I find this entire concept ludicrous.
Would you pay to watch a Blade movie without Blade in it? Can Deacon Frost carry a film by himself?