Spike TV's 'Blade' Carves Its Own Path
In three films starring
Which is not to say that Blade will be sitting around discussing his feelings: "He's still a man of few words, but we're opening up the humor in him a little more," says Jones ("Over There,"
And what Blade does is hunt and kill
Jones, who as a member of the rap group Onyx went by the name
The series picks up after the conclusion of the "Blade" films, with Blade in Detroit and tracking a family of vampires that's deeply entrenched in the city's underworld. He's joined in his work by Krista Starr (
Whereas the "Blade" movies focused on the title character's quest to eradicate various vampire threats to humanity, the series will delve more into the inner workings of the vampire world.
"What the series is, in a weird way, is kind of like a
The show will explore his character's back story some; Jones says Richard Roundtree ("Shaft") will play his father. ("That was incredible," he says of working with Roundtree.)
Jones is not out to make people forget about the "Blade" movies, but he also wants to put his own spin on the character.
"I think it's more my own direction, but I have to incorporate some of what [Snipes] did," he says. "That's what people are familiar with, and you don't want to change it up drastically. You might want to change the seasoning a little bit, but you want the same meat."