It had been a while since we heard anything about the 'Blade' movie from Marvel starring two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali ('Green Book', 'Moonlight'). But it looks to be picking up momentum again.

'Blade' was previously bought to the big screen in the trilogy starring Wesley Snipes.

The superhero is a half-vampire, half-mortal man who has dedicated his life to slaying vampires and protecting humans.

The first 'Blade' movie, directed by Stephen Norrington, hit cinemas in 1998, with a sequel helmed by Guillermo del Toro hitting the big screen in 2002.

Far less successful was 2004's 'Blade: Trinity', though it did feature an early performance from Ryan Reynolds.

The MCU is now rebooting the character and Bassam Tariq is in talks to direct the first outing, reports Deadline.

Tariq previously helmed 'Mogul Mowgli', starring Riz Ahmed.

The move shows that the studio and president Kevin Feige are continuing their pursuit of successful filmmakers from the indie world to helm Marvel blockbusters, which proved a winning formula with the likes of 'Thor Ragnarok' from Taika Waititi and 'Black Widow' from Cate Shortland, among other titles.

Stacy Osei-Kuffour (HBO's 'Watchmen') is working on the script for the film.

As it's still early days, 'Blade' currently has no release date.

It is expected to be a part of the MCU's Phase Four.