Sony Pictures is going all-in on their own dark universe. With plans for the now-filming Venom to lead into the Sinister Six supervillain movie, the studio is also developing Morbius, a feature project centered on Spider-Man antihero Morbius the Living Vampire!
Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, who worked on the recent Power Rangers movie, wrote the script, which was just submitted to the studio after a secret development process, says THR. Believe it or not, the Power Rangers movie was actually incredibly entertaining, although the duo are also credited with writing the god-awful Dracula Untold, Universal’s origin of the most famous vampire that starred Luke Evans. They also count The Last Witch Hunter and Gods of Egypt among their credits. Eesh.
Morbius is Dr. Michael Morbius, a scientist who suffered from a rare blood disease and attempted to cure himself to disastrous results. He instead became afflicted with a condition that was a form of vampirism — the thirst for blood, along with fangs and super strength — and fought Spider-Man. Over time, however, he became a slightly heroic figure in his own right.
Morbius was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane and first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #101, the first issue not written by Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee.
To be clear, these new movies will not be connected to Sony’s Tom Holland Spider-Man movies and not connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that is being produced by Marvel Studios.