The cinematic universe from Sony Pictures is now getting a lot bigger (and darker) with news coming from The Hollywood Reporter that a Morbius, The Living Vampire spin-off film is being developed and already has its screenwriters; Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama who worked on Power Rangers released in March of this year.
With the new Venom film starring Tom Hardy already in production, Sony Pictures brought on the screenwriters who wrote the script and submitted it to the studio after a secret development process. The duo are represented by ICM Partners.
The character Morbius originally appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #101, which happens to be the first issue not written by Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee. The vampire character was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane.
Although not much is known at the present time about what story the spin-off will follow, the titular character is Dr. Michael Morbius, a scientist suffering from a rare blood disease. He made an attempt to cure himself but it came with disastrous results. Instead, he becomes affected with a form of vampirism which makes him have the thirst for blood, grow fangs and attain super strength. The character initially fought Spider-Man as a villain, however he ended up becoming a semi-heroic figure through the series.
As Disney in association with Marvel Studios have the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Warner Bros. has its share with the DC Extended Universe, Sony has been developing its roster of Marvel-licensed characters that are based off the heroes and villains connected to Spider-Man.
On television, Morbius appeared in Spider-Man: The Animated Series voiced by Nick Jameson.
It is unknown whether the Morbius and Venom films will tie in with the Sony/Marvel Studios shared Spider-Man incarnation starring Tom Holland.
Previously, there were two film series based on the Spider-Man character; Spider-Man 1, 2 and 3 from 2002 to 2007 starring Tobey Maguire and The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2 in 2012 and 2014 starring Andrew Garfield.
Bringing vampirism to the big screen with 2014’s Dracula Untold starring Luke Evans, Sharpless and Sazama also share The Last Witch Hunter and Gods of Egypt among their screen credits.
Another upcoming project for the duo is being the show runners on the reboot of Lost in Space that is set to debut in 2018 on Netflix.
Check back soon for more on the big screen adaptation of Morbius, The Living Vampire.