As the press pelts the pen pushers behind the new Batman movie franchise for an all-star cast list in the unconfirmed third installment, writer David Goyer has delivered an unexpected answer. The man behind the Blade Trilogy is thinking of revisiting the long-toothed world of evil once again… but this time without star actor Wesley Snipes.
“I was reading the ‘Tomb of Dracula Omnibus’ and I hadn’t read them in a long time and I thought it might be cool to do another vampire movie at some point,” said Goyer.
This news may come as no real surprise to some as the third and last Blade film nearly lead to the studio ousting Snipes from the production entirely. It’s an unfortunate state of affairs because even with all of the special effects and stunning story lines, the real pull for many to the Blade movies was Snipes himself. Not just another pretty face, professionally-trained martial artist Snipes also brainstormed many of the franchise’ key ideas from the boomerang-like Glave to the car chase scene in Blade: Trinity. Schooled in numerous hands of hand-to-hand combat from the familiar kung fu to the more obscure sadante styles, Snipes choreographed all of his fight sequences.
Without the charismatic and deadly star, where can this monster film go? The same place all tired franchises go, to the prequel. I’m being cynical, but it’s really the only possibility and given Goyer’s throwaway reference to the Tomb of Dracula Omnibus, I think that is going to be the impetus for this revival.
As stories go, Tomb of Dracula has a lot to offer. A comic book mixture of romance, angst, and action, the Marvel Comics series followed the attempts of a select few to halt the devious plot of the Count himself, freshly returned from the grave. It may seem corny now, but just flipping through any random issue of Tomb of Dracula inspires the mind into a movie-like experience. It may be down to the magnificent artwork by Gene ‘the dean’ Colan and all of those lovely ink brush lines.
If Goyer really is out to start this Vampire thing over, he has no shortage of material to draw from. In the 1980′s Tomb of Dracula was released as an animated film in Japan due to its cult popularity overseas. The first Blade movie was a surprise hit that paved the way for the first X-Men film.
It seems that the vampire killer has the golden touch, but will a prequel have that same quality?
Tomb of Dracula Omnibus, Vol. 1
Essential Tomb of Dracula, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) (v. 1)
Essential Tomb of Dracula, Vol. 2 (Marvel Essentials)
Essential Tomb of Dracula, Vol. 3 (Marvel Essentials)
Essential Tomb of Dracula, Vol. 4 (Marvel Essentials)
The Blade Trilogy (Blade/ Blade II/ Blade: Trinity)
Also, make sure to visit the artist Gene Colan’s site for some outstanding original artwork!