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MOVIES: Morbius - News Roundup *Updated 4th January 2022*

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Date Pushed Back
Sony has pushed back the release date for the Marvel film Morbius, starring Academy Award winner Jared Leto. While the Columbia Pictures title was previously scheduled to open on January 28, it will now hit theaters in IMAX and premium large formats on April 1.

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22nd January 2021 - Release Date Pushed to January 21, 2022
Hours after MGM moved No Time to Die onto Oct. 8, Sony is now pushing its Marvel movie Morbius to Jan. 21, 2022, which is the weekend after MLK. Sony will have access to all Imax screens for Morbius.


30th March 2020 - Release Date Pushed to March 19, 2021
Sony/Marvel pic Morbius (Columbia Pictures) starring Jared Leto as a vampire will now be released on March 19, 2021 as opposed to its July 31 debut.


13th January 2020 - Trailer

5th March 2019 - Tyrese Gibson in Talks to Join Cast
“Fast and Furious” star Tyrese Gibson is in talks join Jared Leto in “Morbius,” a film based on the Spider-Man villain of the same name.

Exact details of who Gibson would play are currently unknown.


4th March 2019 - Jared Harris Joins Cast
EXCLUSIVE: Jared Harris, perhaps best known for roles in AMC’s Mad Men and Netflix’s The Crown, has signed on for the Daniel Espinosa-directed the Spider-Man Universe spinoff, Morbius, at Sony Pictures.

Harris’ role is being kept under wraps.


25th January 2019 - Release Date Revealed
Sony Pictures has set official release dates for its Spider-Man spinoff Morbius and Jason Reitman's new Ghostbusters.

Ghostbusters has a July 10, 2020, release date, and Morbius — starring Jared Leto and based on Marvel's vampire antihero — will come out three weeks later July 31.

The studio also has a placeholder for a Marvel pic on October 2, 2020. That's likely now to be Venom 2.


24th January 2019 - Matt Smith in Final Talks to Join Cast
Matt Smith is in final talks to join Jared Leto in “Morbius,” a film based on the Spider-Man villain of the same name. Exact details of who Smith would play are unknown at this time, other than it being a major role in the film.


14th December 2018 - Adria Arjona in Talks to Star as the Female Lead
EXCLUSIVE: Adria Arjona is in talks to play Martine, the female lead in Sony’s Morbius feature film which has Jared Leto starring.

In the comics, Martine, who is engaged to Morbius, becomes a potential victim to his bloodlust as he grapples with the transformation that has made him a weird laboratory version of the supernatural vampires of lore.

She would play Martine Bancroft, who in the comics was engaged to Dr. Michael Morbius, a scientist who suffered from a rare blood disease and turned himself into a living vampire while seeking a cure.

15th November 2018 - Jared Leto Teases Movie

9th October 2018 - Filming Expected to Start Early Next Year
Collider: There’s a lot of stuff going on in the Spider-Man universe that Sony is hoping to bring to life. I’m curious where you’re at with some of these other projects, and what do you think might be the next one?

MATT TOLMACH: Morbius is the next one.

So Jared Leto is definitely doing it?

TOLMACH: Yes, sir.

Do you know when you start filming?

ARAD: More or less, February?

TOLMACH: Yeah, the plan is early part of next year. We’re still working on it.

27th June 2018 - Jared Leto to Star; Daniel Espinosa to Direct
Jared Leto, who played The Joker in Suicide Squad, is looking to add another comic book character to his resume.

The Oscar-winning actor has signed on to star in Morbius, Sony’s latest entry into its Marvel-based, Spider-Man-centric universe of characters.

Daniel Espinosa, the Scandanavian filmmaker who helmed Safe House and last year's sci-fi thriller Life, will direct the feature project that has a script by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, the duo showrunning Netflix’s Lost in Space.

13th November 2017 - Morbius the Living Vampire Film in Development from Power Rangers Writers
Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, who worked on the recent Power Rangers movie, wrote the script for Morbius, which was just submitted to Sony after a secret development process.

Morbius was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane and first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #101, the first issue not written by Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee.

Morbius is Dr. Michael Morbius, a scientist who suffered from a rare blood disease and attempted to cure himself to disastrous results. He instead became afflicted with a condition that was a form of vampirism — the thirst for blood, along with fangs and super strength — and fought Spider-Man. Over time, however, he became a slightly heroic figure in his own right.

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