It would appear Sony Pictures are capitalising on this year’s success of Spider-man: Homecoming by expanding on his universe. First, we had the news that Tom Hardy would be taking the lead in the spin-off of Venom, now news arises that the studio is developing yet another spin-off of in the form of Morbius, the Spider-man antihero Morbius the Living Vampire.
A secret-development process has been bubbling away down at Sony Pictures which saw a script from Power Ranger’s scribes Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama submitted for their consideration and is looking likely that Sony has run with it.
No further information on the new spin-off has been made available at this point, not even a hint of what direction the project may take, whether it be tied in with Tom Holland’s outing as the webbed hero or whether they will be working alongside Marvel Studios to incorporate it in their existing universe.
Dr Michael Morbius was originally a scientist from Greece but due to a debilitating blood disease, he developed an experimental treatment involving vampire bats and electroshocks. Its side effects turned him into a pseudo-vampire (Vampire mutant) who needed to consume blood in order to survive and gained typical vampire characteristics such as an aversion to sunlight, and the powers of flight, enhanced strength, speed, and healing (a healing factor). As well as going up against Spider-man on his arrival to the US, Morbius has also crossed paths with both The Fantastic Four’s Human Torch and The X Men’s Professor X.
Sharpless and Sazama’s resume of writing credits also include Universal’s Luke Evans lead Dracula Untold as well as The Last Witch Hunter and Gods of Egypt. The screenwriting team are currently showrunner’s on Netflix Lost in Space reboot which is due to debut next year.