We now have a better idea of what to expect from Jared Leto’s living vampire in Morbius

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Just yesterday, we reported that Jared Harris from Mad Men had joined Jared Leto in director Daniel Espinosa’s Morbius movie (a spin-off from the Spider-Man comics with no relation to the Spider-Man movies). We assumed that this meant Morbius would be …

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The Morbius movie becomes a Jared party as Jared Harris joins Jared Leto 

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Attention, actors named Jared: It’s finally your time to shine! According to Deadline, Jared Harris from Mad Men, The Crown, and one of those Sherlock Holmes movies has joined Jared Leto in Sony’s Morbius—a spin-off of the Spider-Man brand that, like V…

Jared Harris Joins Cast of Sony Marvel Film ‘Morbius’

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Jared Harris has joined the cast Sony’s “Morbius,” which will star Jared Leto as the titular Marvel comic book villain turned antihero, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Harris’ role is being kept under wraps.

“Morbius” is one of several projects being developed by Sony based on characters from the “Spider-Man” comics. The franchise paid dividends for the studio in 2018 with “Venom,” which grossed $855 million worldwide, and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which grossed $327 million and earned a Best Animated Feature Oscar last week. Both films have sequels in the works.

Daniel Espinosa will direct the film from a script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Lucas Foster are producing with Palak Patel overseeing for the studio.

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The Morbius character was created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane and first appeared in “The Amazing Spider-Man” issue no. 101 in 1971. In the comics, Michael Morbius is a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who is transformed into a vampire while attempting to cure a rare blood disease with a highly experimental approach involving electroshock therapy… and vampire bats.

As a “pseudo-vampire,” Morbius does not possess all the powers of an actual vampire, and isn’t subject to all the traditional limitations and weaknesses thereof, according to Marvel lore.

He must digest blood to survive and has a strong aversion to light, like most vampires. But he also has the ability to fly, and superhuman strength, speed and healing abilities. His bite tends to be lethal, but his victims do not necessarily become vampires themselves.

Morbius almost made it to the big screen before. In 2000, when Avi Arad was president and CEO of Marvel Studios, the company entered into an agreement with Artisan Entertainment to turn at least 15 Marvel superhero franchises into live-action films, television series, direct-to-video films or internet projects. Morbius would have been among the franchises.

Harris, best known for his roles on AMC’s “Mad Men” and Netflix’s “The Crown,” is repped by ICM, Gateway Management and Independent.

Deadline first reported the news.

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‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel Scores Summer 2021 Release Date

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“The Suicide Squad,” the sequel to 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” will hit theaters on August 6, 2021, Warner Bros. announced Wednesday.

Peter Safran and Charles Roven will produce. James Gunn will write the screenplay — the plot is currently unknown and no director is attached yet. Currently, no other film is slated for that release date.

“Suicide Squad” was directed and written by David Ayer and starred Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Ezra Miller, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Cara Delevingne and Joel Kinnaman.

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It grossed $325 million domestically and almost $750 million worldwide, although it was mostly panned by critics.

Warner Bros. also announced it would be releasing “The Batman” on June 25, 2021. Anne Hathaway’s “The Witches” will hit theaters on October 16, 2020, while “Doctor Sleep” moved from January 24, 2020 to November 8, 2019.

Sony Dates Two Marvel Projects in 2020

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Sony Pictures has planted flags for two Marvel projects in 2020, the company announced Wednesday.

The first film is an “Untitled Sony/Marvel” dated  7/10/20 and the second film which is “Untitled Sony/Marvel Sequel” is dated for 10/02/20.

The first project is most likely “Morbius” which will star Oscar winner Jared Leto and Daniel Espinosa will direct, based on the Marvel comic. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce with Lucas Foster. Palak Patel will oversee for the studio. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless wrote the script.

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The Morbius character was created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane and first appeared in “The Amazing Spider-Man” issue no. 101 in 1971. In the comics, Michael Morbius is a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who is transformed into a vampire while attempting to cure a rare blood disease with a highly experimental approach involving electroshock therapy… and vampire bats.

As a “pseudo-vampire,” Morbius does not possess all the powers of an actual vampire, and isn’t subject to all the traditional limitations and weaknesses thereof, according to Marvel lore.

Morbius almost made it to the big screen before. In 2000, when Avi Arad was president and CEO of Marvel Studios, the company entered into an agreement with Artisan Entertainment to turn at least 15 Marvel superhero franchises into live-action films, television series, direct-to-video films or internet projects. Morbius would have been among the franchises.

The second project is most likely a sequel to the hit “Venom” which has grossed $779 million worldwide at the box office.

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The other Joker spin-off movie will be about criminal couples counseling 

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We’re coming around on Todd Phillips’ Joker movie, which will star Joaquin Phoenix as a refreshingly straightforward version of the Clown Prince Of Crime in a lower-budget superhero drama that just happens to be about a guy in funny makeup, but let’s n…

Jared Leto to play a “living vampire” in Spider-Man spin-off Morbius 

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Jared Leto is finally getting a solo movie about his Hot Topic Joker from Suicide Squad, but in the sort of cruel twist that only the Clown Prince Of Crime himself could think of, he’s also jumping ship from DC Comics to Sony’s corner of the Marvel uni…

Jared Leto to Star as ‘Morbius,’ Daniel Espinosa Set to Direct

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Oscar winner Jared Leto will star and Daniel Espinosa will direct “Morbius,” based on the Marvel comic, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce with Lucas Foster. Palak Patel will oversee for the studio.

Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless wrote the script.

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Morbius was created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane and first appeared in “The Amazing Spider-Man” issue no. 101 in 1971. In the comics, Michael Morbius is a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who is transformed into a vampire while attempting to cure a rare blood disease with an highly experimental approach involving electroshock therapy… and vampire bats.

Oh, and Spider-Man had six arms at the time. It was temporary.

As a “pseudo-vampire,” Morbius does not possess all the powers of an actual vampire, and isn’t subject to all the traditional limitations and weaknesses thereof, according to Marvel lore.

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He must digest blood to survive and has a strong aversion to light, like most vampires. But he also has the ability to fly, and superhuman strength, speed, and healing abilities. His bite tends to be lethal, but his victims do not necessarily become vampires themselves.

Morbius almost made it to the big screen before. In 2000, when Avi Arad was president and CEO of Marvel Studios, the company entered into an agreement with Artisan Entertainment to turn at least 15 Marvel superhero franchises into live-action films, television series, direct-to-video films or internet projects. Morbius would have been among the franchises.

Sazama’s and Sharpless recent credits include “Gods of Egypt,” “The Last Witch Hunter,” and “Dracula Untold.”

Sazama’s and Sharpless are represented by ICM Partners and SMGS law firm.

Espinosa repped by WME, Magnolia Entertainment and Warren Dern.

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CW Upfront: 5 Takeaways from the Network’s (Very Short) Presentation to Advertisers

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As usual, The CW batted last during upfront week, showing off its new slate Thursday morning at the New York City Center.

But network president Mark Pedowitz ended this week-long slog of presentations for ad buyers (and reporters) with the best present possible gift: An upfront that lasted under an hour. The brief show featured trailers for new series “All American,” “In the Dark” and their reboots for “Charmed” and “Roswell,” as well as a bit of news for its “Arrow-verse” (more on that below), but sadly no Gina Rodriguez.

Read TheWrap’s five takeaways from the final upfront presentation of 2018 below.

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Holy contractually obligated performance, Batman

It just wouldn’t be a CW upfront without a rock band to kick off the proceedings. And this year it was 30 Seconds to Mars (who feature a fairly famous lead singer in Jared Leto) to delight the crowd with a pair of new singles, including “Walk on Water” and, what many weary ad buyers have probably thought after this long week, “Rescue Me.”

“We’re the early morning breakfast band,” said Leto, who added what anyone would say after having to play loud music at 11 a.m. “This is not rock ‘n’ roll hours.”

Taye Diggs slams his former shows?

Taye Diggs, one of the costars of drama “All American,” appeared to throw some shade at his former TV gigs. Though he didn’t call anyout by name, he told the crowd that, though he’s been on an upfront stage many times before, “this is the first time that I’ve actually been proud.”

Ouch. Let’s hope he won’t have to take that back if he finds himself on another upfront stage next year.

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Puppy love

In introducing CW’s “In the Dark,” a show about a blind woman and her guide dog, Pedowitz referenced the networks’ CW Good initiative and its work with Guide Dogs of America. Before running the trailer for “In the Dark,” Pedowitz showed off a brief clip of puppies. “This is just a shameless excuse to show you these puppies again,” he admitted. While Perry Mattfield was able to come on stage after the trailer, she had to go solo because the dog, was unfortunately, not in attendance.

Heading to Gotham City

The CW did not have a new DC Comics-inspired series to show off this year, but the network is still had a new superhero to unveil. Stephen Amell, who kicked off CW’s “Arrowverse” with “Arrow,” was on stage to announce that the network will finally head to Gotham City (just don’t expect the Caped Crusader to show up … yet). For its annual four-series crossover event, the CW will also introduce Batwoman, although we don’t know yet who will play her.

Pedowitz also touted the performance of its rookie drama “Black Lightning” and brought out the cast, including star Cress Williams. “It’s a gift for all of us to be in Black Lightning,” Williams told the crowd. “An African American superhero striking a cord with audiences all around the world it’s a powerful thing.”

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CW has some “pun” promoting its new Sunday lineup

The CW wants you to know that’s primetime lineup will extend to Sundays next season. Like really know. How? Well, as attendees were exiting the building, there were numerous people passing out Sundaes.

Get it?

That’s a wrap from the 2018 upfronts, now we wait until the fall (or midseason) to see which of these shows will be back this time around next year.

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