The one to hold the reins to the upcoming live-action adaptation of Morbius from Spider-Man may have already been picked out by Sony Pictures.
Speaking with Joblo in a recent interview, director Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) revealed that he has already been contacted by involved parties about helming a comic book adaptation for the character. However, the timeline remains to be clarified because a standalone movie for Morbius was only announced last year, but Fuqua appears to have been contacted well before that.
“They [Sony Pictures] talked to me about Black Panther years ago, way back in the day,” said Fuqua. “There’s some reason they came up and they talked to me about at Sony, a Marvel character, Morbius [The Living Vampire]…that kinda came up. I don’t know, I have a thirteen-year-old son so I’m watching more of that again and it’s exciting to do that. I’d love to create a new one. Y’know, something that’s closer to what I get excited about.”
Morbius, the living vampire, has largely remained as a supervillain for Spider-Man. The character suffers from vampiric abilities and physical traits (both strengths and weaknesses) brought upon by a biochemical experiment gone wrong. He has been genuinely portrayed to be in search for a cure but that journey has mostly always led to dark paths.
There are a few Spider-Man spinoffs in the works for Sony Pictures. Venom (2018) is already bringing out the origin story for the fan-favorite character. There is also Silver and Black (2019) that will see two femme fatales — Black Cat and Silver Sable — joining forces.
There could be others as well that have not been announced for the time being. Sony Pictures, under its new chief executive officer Kenichiro Yoshida, is considering to sell its major movie assets much similar to the landmark deal brought to 20th Century Fox by Disney a few months back. It is believed that the top brass wants to first settle the business angle before heading any further with comic book projects.