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Excerpt from “The Unmaking of Blade,” Lee Goldberg, Comics Scene #46
The script became a strong writing sample for us, and to this day, continues to get us work. In fact, Blade was one of the reasons we landed gigs as supervising producers on She-Wolf of London, a 1990 syndicated series from Universal (STARLOG #162) . Oddly enough, She-Wolf almost sparked a Blade series.
Universal’s executives were pleased with what we were doing with She-Wolf, and so were the stations which aired the show. Towards the first season’s end, we were asked to come up with a companion series, something supernatural but completely different from She-Wolf.
We suggested Blade.
The executives read the script and agreed. They began negotiations with Marvel and our agents. Then, they asked us to cut the script down to an hour and prepare a series premise to be pitched to the station executives at a big meeting at the Bel-Air Hotel.
We honed our pitch, broadening Blade’s quest so he not only chased Tice, but encountered other supernatural forces are well. Blade would be a cursed man on a quest. It would be a far darker series than She-Wolf, sort of a supernatural twist on The Fugitive with Blade in the Inspector Gerard role. More importantly, it would be a single lead action show (meaning we could keep costs down), and it could be shot anywhere (meaning it would be attractive to foreign investors who would want the series lensed, in part, on their soil).
On the day of the pitch, we headed out to Bel-Air, nervous and excited at the same time. We were completely unprepared for what happened.
The Universal executives told us there had been an unexpected change in plans. The stations weren’t interested in hearing about a dark supernatural series—they wanted to know how we were going to lighten up She-Wolf to save it from early cancellation. So, suddenly, and without preparation, we found ourselves pitching two series—a reconceived, lighter She-Wolf and Blade, a happy-go-lucky vampire hunter with a tremendous sense of humor.
She-Wolf survived, transformed into a light comedy called Love & Curses. But Blade, thankfully, was stillborn.