Sony’s latest project in its emerging Spider-verse takes things in a whole new direction: vampires!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Power Ranger writers Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama are writing a script based on Morbius The Living Vampire. The victim of a rare blood disorder, Dr. Micheal Morbius’s research into his condition inadvertently gave him vampire-like powers and a craving for hemoglobin. Never finding a cure, he eventually found himself part of Marvel’s supernatural roster. Created in 1971 by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane, the character was designed as a tragic and sympathetic antagonist for the Webhead — a recurring feature of Spider-Man comics — in his initial story and would go on to appear in a number of other titles before finally getting a book of his own in 1992.
The character certainly has enough story hooks to generate an interesting film premise without the presence of Spider-Man. Or, at least, it’s easier to excise Peter Parker from the proceedings than, say, Venom. Nonetheless, Venom is already in production with Tom Hardy as the infamous anti-hero. It will be the first in Sony’s ambitious plan to exploit their Spider-Man library while the lead character spends time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Besides Venom and Morbius, the studio is also developing Black and Silver, based on Spider-Man allies Black Cat and Silver Sable.
Sharpless and Sazama are veterans when it comes to horror-tinged material. They are also the credited writers of Dracula Untold, The Last Witch Hunter and Gods of Egypt. A resume which sounds like a horror film in its own right. But with Sony giving their Spider-verse a lot of attention and capital, maybe they’ll finally get it right.