It seems that Sony is determined to highlight supporting characters from the Spider-Man universe in a way never done before. Venom will be the start of a series of films surrounding characters that aren’t Peter Parker but may meet the friendly neighborhood web-slinger somewhere down the line.
In his long and illustrious career, it is actually quite ironic that Jared Leto has not yet played a vampire character, considering how he hasn’t aged in 20 years. However, it seems that the actor is finally giving in to the rumors and is signing on to play a vampire that has been in comicbooks for decades.
Sony Pictures has announced a spin-off film focusing on Morbius the Living Vampire, another Spider-Man anti-hero in the ranks of Venom, starring Leto. The same day of the announcement, the actor took to Instagram to confirm his role…
Morbius, for fans who may not know his origin, is short for Dr. Michael Morbius, a Spider-Man villain who first appeared in the comics in 1971 in The Amazing Spider-Man #101. Since his first appearance, Morbius has popped up in multiple Spider-Man series, animated TV series, video games, and even some of his own comicbook arcs and series.
The character is a scientist whose attempts at curing his own blood disease turned him into a vampire, complete with superhuman senses, strength, speed, a taste for human blood, a set of fangs, and many other powers. What started out as a caped villain of Spider-Man eventually turned into a more tragic and dynamic anti-hero story, as Morbius eventually went on to team up with several other Marvel characters including Dr. Strange, Ghost Rider, and even Spider-Man himself sometimes.
In addition to Leto attached to star in the film, writers and a director have also been announced. The film will be directed by Daniel Espinosa and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Espinosa directed last year’s space thriller Life starring Ryan Reynolds, while Sazama and Sharpless wrote the screenplay for 2014’s Dracula Untold and last year’s Power Rangers. With this lineup, there is already a good foundation for the film, and it’s just day one.
No other details have been revealed yet, but we do know that this is happening, folks! When more creatives jump on board the Morbius project, we will surely post about it as it happens!