Sony is developing a ‘Spider-Man’ vampire movie spinoff

Photo via Morbius the Living Vampire #1/Marvel


Sometimes, creative restrictions can lead to more interesting results. You know, like how 140-character tweets are invariably better than the new 280s.

In the world of superhero movies, this rule applies to Sony‘s Spider-Man franchise. While Fox, Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios each have access to a massive catalogue of DC and Marvel characters, Sony only has access to the Spider-Man cast. And at this point, they’ve exhausted most of the truly well-known characters. This led to oddball ideas like the second-tier villain movie Sinister Six, and the upcoming Venom adaptation starring Tom Hardy. Now, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Sony is developing Morbius, the Living Vampire.

If you haven’t heard of Morbius, don’t feel too bad about it. He’s a pretty obscure figure in Marvel Comics, introduced as a villain before evolving into an antihero with his own solo comic. As you can probably guess, he’s a vampire. In a similar vein to other villains from the Spider-Man comics, he gained his powers from a science experiment rather than supernatural or alien means, becoming a vampire while researching his own blood disorder.

Sony’s adaptation will be written by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, who co-wrote the recent Power Rangers movie. They also worked on The Last Witch Hunter and the (admittedly not very well-received) Dracula Untold, so they already have experience with the genre.

At the moment, it’s unclear whether Morbius, the Living Vampire will be attached to Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man: Homecoming franchise, or will be an unconnected movie.

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor