Sony Pictures is looking to develop yet another Spider-Man spin-off movie involving the interesting anti-hero, Morbius the Living Vampire.
Sony is going full steam ahead with these Spider-Man spin-off movies. They’re already working on the Venom movie starring Tom Hardy as the aforementioned Venom. Now we’ve got exciting news that the movie studio is looking to develop yet another spin-off movie, this one featuring Morbius the Living Vampire. Morbius is an interesting character in the Spider-Man universe, much like Venom. He’s a tortured character who can’t always account for his actions and I think that he’s well-deserving of a standalone movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie will simply be called Morbius and they’ll be working off a script from Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama who were the people behind the recent Power Rangers movie. Now, that movie wasn’t the greatest thing in the world, but as far as Power Rangers movies are concerned, I thought it was as good as it could have been. Morbius is a much more interesting project and hopefully, Sharpless and Sazama can do the character justice on the big screen.
I would say never judge a scriptwriter by their early work (James Gunn, for instance, wrote the Scooby Doo movies and look at the great work he’s doing today), that said, Sharpless and Sazama’s previous work includes the scripts for Dracula Untold, The Last Witch Hunter, Gods of Egypt and of course, Power Rangers. That’s a pretty abysmal track record. Gods of Egypt is particularly bad, although some people put it in the ‘it’s so bad it’s good’ category. Personally, I just think it’s rubbish.
Morbius was created by Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane and first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man issue 101. His real name is Dr Michael Morbius and he’s a scientist who suffered from a rare blood disease, yet in his attempts to develop a cure for himself he ended up becoming a vampire-like creature with fangs and a thirst for blood. He fought Spider-Man on multiple occasions yet eventually became a heroic figure, even helping the wall-crawler occasionally. His story is a tragic yet fascinating one and I’m looking forward to seeing it told on the big screen.
There’s no news on who will direct the picture, when it’ll come out, or who will star as Morbius, yet there are plenty of great choices for the role which one that many actors would love to sink their teeth into (sorry). On a slightly annoying note, it looks like we won’t get to see Tom Holland’s Spider-Man share screentime with Morbius, yet never say never. Maybe Marvel might want to renegotiate that Spider-Man deal with Sony in the future.