So what went wrong with ‘Trinity’? Rumors were rife of a tempestuous set, with Snipes at loggerheads with writer-turned-director David S Goyer and New Line over creative control. When it came out and flopped, was he disappointed? “I wouldn’t call it a disappointment. More of an expectation.” His reasons for this are pithy to the max. “Bad ingredients going in, bad cake coming out. If you’ve got sour milk going in your cake, you’re going to get sour cake.” A throaty laugh comes out.
Lifted from a profile of the actor in the UK’s Telegraph published the week “The Expendables 3” was set to open; The usual press tour, as Snipes talked to the media about his involvement in that film, but also his legacy as an actor, especially leaning on what arguably helped launch the current superhero franchise craze, his starring role in the mostly successful “Blade” trilogy, based on the Marvel comic.
And now, according to the New York Daily News, Wesley Snipes will be returning for a 4th “Blade” movie, with their sources telling them that the 52-year-old actor’s comeback after being released from prison in April 2013 is “looking good” and that he’ll make $3 million from the film, plus a cut of the back-end profits.
I’ll file this one under “unconfirmed” for now until I hear something from the studio or Snipes himself on the matter. But it’s always fun to indulge on stories like this.
In the above interview with the UK’s Telegraph, Snipes did say at the time that a 4th “Blade” movie was “very much a possibility,” adding that he’d love to work with Guillermo del Toro (director of the second film in the franchise, and the most successful) again, as well as Spike Lee (not necessarily on a 4th “Blade” film, but on future projects).
If this is indeed in the works, let’s hope it’s good enough to make us forget the third film in the franchise, which was both a critical and commercial flop, and Snipes’ public battle with the studio behind it (New Line Cinema), as well as the director (David Goyer) were public enough to recall.
He also reflected on playing the character in 3 movies, and how the franchise helped inspire the current hits that Marvel Studios is enjoying, stating: “There were empires and institutions that were built off the Blade franchise… I mean, look at Marvel now, to this day. It’s a megalith!”
He then speculated on how different his career might have been today, had he understood the “Blade” franchise’s potential, as well as the renewed enthusiasm and popularity for comic book superhero movies today: “You know, if I would have understood the potential of… doing, or adapting comic book characters to feature films, and also the tie-in to gaming and digital technology, when I was doing the first Blade films, then I’d be in a different business right now. I’d be in a whole different ball game,” he said, adding, “I still would have done, the, er, you know… er, the dramatic work, and probably had a kind of cushion to do experimental work, because the economics in that kind of business are huge,” and further, “More and more people are recognizing the contribution that Blade made to this resurgence, or this model, this new business. At the time when Blade was offered to me, my management and my agents all thought I was out of my mind for doing it. They told me, ‘You know, you’re a classically trained actor. Why would you want to even play a vampire from a comic book?’ I was, ‘Everything you’re saying is right, but here’s the thing – I’ve never seen a movie like this.’”
And so it went…
The fact that Snipes would later sue New Line Cinema, writer/director David Goyer and Toby Emmerich, executive producer of “Blade: Trinity,” in a wide-ranging lawsuit seeking more than $5 million in damages, was certainly a nod to his disgust with the 3rd film in the franchise (“Blade: Trinity”), and his involvement in it.
So now we wait for any confirmation of the New York Daily News report on a 4th “Blade” film.