Not only does Marvel Studios’ Blade project starring Mahershala Ali have a new official title, but it finally has a screenwriter.
The official title of the upcoming project is Blade, the Vampire Slayer, and Watchmen writer and playwright Stacy Osei-Kuffour has officially been hired by Marvel Studios for the script.
Ali, who has won two Academy Awards, set up a meeting with Kevin Feige after his second win to directly ask him about Blade and if he could play him. It was finally announced by Marvel themselves at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019 that Ali would play Blade.
Marvel with Ali involved reportedly spent the last six months looking for the right screenwriter, with black writers being the only ones seriously considered. Osei-Kuffour will be the first black woman to write a Marvel film. Besides Watchmen, which earned her a Writers Guild of America award, she’s worked on other acclaimed shows like Hunters, Pen15, and Run.