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 …

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…

‘Morbius’ & ‘Ghostbusters’ Solidify Summer 2020 Release Dates

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Sony Pictures has set official release dates for its Spider-Man spinoff Morbius and Jason Reitman’s new Ghostbusters. The moves were revealed Friday evening among several tweaks in the studio’s 2019-20 release slate, including pushing back …

Sony’s ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel Gets July 2020 Release

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Sony has slated Jason Reitman’s “Ghostbusters” sequel to be released on July 20, 2020, Sony Pictures announced on Friday.

“Spider-Man” Spinoff “Morbius” follows three weeks later on July 31, 2020, while TriStar’s Mr. Rogers biopic “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” will be released on November 22, 2019.

Reitman’s father, Ivan Reitman, who directed and produced the original 1984 film, will produce. The as-yet untitled film will go into production this summer.

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Described as “the next chapter” in the story started by the 1984 original, and will involve the passing of a torch to a new generation of paranormal investigators. It will be the second official sequel following 1988’s “Ghostbusters 2.”

The film will have no connection to the 2016 film directed by Paul Feig that starred Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

The original “Ghostbusters” starring Bill MurrayDan AykroydHarold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver, made $242.2 million in lifetime grosses domestically and more than $295 million worldwide.

“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 this 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 Palek Patel overseeing for the studio.

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Matt Smith in Final Talks to Join Sony Marvel Film ‘Morbius’

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“The Crown” star and “Doctor Who” alum Matt Smith is in final talks to join the cast of Sony’s “Morbius,” which will star Jared Leto as the titular Marvel comic book villain turned antihero.

Smith’s exact 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 this week. Both films have sequels in the works.

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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 Palek Patel overseeing for the studio.

Smith is also set to appear in “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which will hit theaters in December. He is repped by UTA and Troika.

The signing was first reported by Variety.

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Sony RSVPs Two 2020 Dates For Its Marvel Universe: Is This For ‘Morbius’ & ‘Venom 2’?

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Sony today marked July 10, 2020, and October 2, 2020 for two movies in its Marvel universe.
The studio is mum regarding what titles specifically will play in those spots, but logic would dictate that the first date — which is for an original Marv…

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…

Sony Developing Movie on Spider-Man Enemy Morbius, The Living Vampire

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Sony Pictures is developing an untitled movie based on Spider-Man’s antagonist Morbius, The Living Vampire. The project is being written by the scripting team of Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, whose feature credits include “Power Rangers,” “Gods of Egypt,” “Dracula Untold” and “The Last Witch Hunter.” Morbius was created in 1971 by writer Roy Thomas […]

‘Morbius’: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless in Talks to Write Sony-Marvel Vampire Movie

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“Power Rangers” screenwriting duo Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are in talks to write the Sony-Marvel Vampire movie “Morbius: the Living Vampire,” TheWrap has exclusively learned.

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.

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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.

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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.”

They are repped by ICM Partners and Artists House.

Sony declined to comment.

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