Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Sony Developing Film Based On Spider-Man Villain Morbius

Sony Developing Film Based On Spider-Man Villain Morbius

Sony's cinematic universe based on Spider-Man characters just got a little bigger.

Created in 1971 by writer Gerry Conway and artist Gila Kane, Michael Morbius is an accomplished biochemist who won a Nobel Prize for his work, but was transformed into a "pseudo-vampire" while trying to cure himself of a rare blood disease via an experimental procedure.

Story details about the movie are not known.

Morbius doesn't have all the powers of an actual vampire, but neither does he have their weaknesses. He gained super strength and is absolutely willing to drink blood for the sake of science.

The character has fought Spider-Man on several occasions and also became a slightly heroic character. Power Rangers writers Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama developed the script, which was submitted to Sony "after a secret development process".

Sharpless and Sazama explored vampirism in "Dracula Untold" was directed by Gary Shore in his feature film debut and written as an origin story for its title character, Count Dracula, portrayed by Luke Evans.

Are you excited for a Morbius movie? Sony has tried their hand at a standalone Spider-Man franchise twice over the last two decades - first with Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man trilogy, then again with Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield's The Amazing Spider-Man.

Amy Pascal, producer on Spider-Man: Homecoming and former head of Sony Pictures, previously hinted that Tom Holland and Spider-Man will eventually return to Sony following the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequels.

It's unclear if the new Morbius film would directly tie into Sony's Venom or the Black Cat and Silver Sable team-up movie.

After Sony and Marvel made history by deciding to share Spider-Man with the MCU, Sony has chose to move forward with Spider-Man spinoffs that are set outside of the cinematic universe. As the recent implosion of the Dark Universe demonstrated, fans won't line up to see a film just because it connects with other movies. For now, it's anybody's guess.

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