Sony’s ‘Spider-Man’ universe is about to get a little bigger. The studio is developing ‘Morbius,’ a feature project centered on Spider-Man antihero Morbius the Living Vampire. The character first appeared in ‘Amazing Spider-Man #101,’ the first issue not written by co-creator Stan Lee.
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 top secret development process.
Dr. Michael Morbius was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane. Morbius is a scientist who suffered from a rare blood disease and attempted to cure himself which led to a disastrous outcome. He 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. Details of Sony’s take on the character have not been released.
Sony has been hard at work developing its collection of Marvel-licensed characters that are mostly based on the heroes and villains connected to Spider-Man. The studio, however, is being coy as to whether or not these new movies will be connected to Sony’s Tom Holland movies or connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that is being produced by Marvel Studios. Sony has not issued a statement or comment on the projects.
Sharpless and Sazama are no strangers to vampirism, having worked on ‘Dracula Untold,’ Universal’s origin of the most famous vampire that starred Luke Evans. ‘The Last Witch Hunter’ and ‘Gods of Egypt’ are also featured among their credits. The duo also are showrunning and writing the ‘Lost in Space’ reboot for Netflix that is to debut next year.