Spike TV has ordered 11 one-hour episodes of a series based on Marvel Super Hero "Blade
" (in addition to the previously announced two-hour kick-off episode). "Blade" premieres in June 2006. The series will focus on Marvel's eponymous immortal warrior fighting a shadowy underworld of vampires who want to destroy the human race. The title character is a half-man, half-vampire who uses his superhuman powers and skills to fearlessly battle the demonic creatures of the night in a blood- drenched crusade to prevent the ascendance of vampires over mankind.
"We're extremely pleased with the pilot for 'Blade,' which delivers a thrilling action-adventure for its built-in fan base as well as a character- driven drama filled with heart-pounding tension and suspense," says Pancho Mansfield, Executive Vice President, Original Programming at Spike TV. "The series will be the first of our scripted fare as we embark on creating a greater mix of original programming for our viewers."
The Spike TV weekly series will maintain continuity from the highly successful movie trilogy but will bring the main character into a new storyline with new characters. Kirk "Sticky" Jones stars in the leading role of "Blade." Kirk Jones first became widely known as "Sticky Fingaz," the front man for the hip-hop group Onyx
. He later appeared and starred in a number of feature films including Clockers
, Dead Presidents
and Flight of the Phoenix