Stephen Dorff On The Blade Spinoff That Never Was
Stephen Dorff’s turn as dangerously ambitious vampire Deacon Frost in the first Blade film was certainly a highlight of the Wesley Snipes-starring comic book adaptation, but has it ever dawned on anyone that an entire movie based on Deacon Frost might be a good idea?
It has for Dorff, as the actor spoke with Dark Lord Bunnykins (yes, really) and gave some details about a Blade spinoff that would have focused entirely on his vampire villain, who died at the end of the 1998 movie.
“Me and [director] Steve Norrington had a cool treatment for that, and when vampires got all this trending again, we thought we should do the adult version, more of like a Scarface Deacon Frost movie. And it sounded cool, this treatment, but then there was so many legal things. Like New Line owned Blade and Marvel’s got…all this hype into ‘The Avengers’ and this group movie which sounds like such a mistake. And Blade was such a ‘90s thing. I didn’t want to do a Blade movie, I just really wanted to take Deacon and do then do a whole other thing which was much more today. So the idea me and Steve had, we might just end up fictionalizing it and just making a new character which might even be better for us. And he’s someone I really like and would love to work with again. So hopefully whenever we get a chance we’ll get into that.”
With Norrington no longer directing The Crow, and Dorff doing who knows what these days, perhaps now’s the right time for them to kick this idea back into gear. But the idea of watching an entire movie based on Deacon Frost, especially knowing about his hilariously awful death ahead of time, doesn’t exactly sound all that appealing to me. Maybe retooling the story to create an original new property, as Dorff himself suggests, is the way to go.
[via Shock Till You Drop]