Another week, another major release postponed. BloodyDisgusting reports Sony changed the release date for its upcoming superhero movie Morbius, moving it from March 2021 to October of the same year. The first time the studio postponed the release was last April when Morbius was moved from 31 July 2020 to 19 March 2021. At the time, Sony’s decision – influenced by the coronavirus pandemic closing cinemas – might have seemed exaggerated. Almost a year later, it looks as if the studio could have simply pushed all of its releases about 18 months later.
Morbius stars Jared Leto (Suicide Squad, Blade Runner 2049) as the scientist Michael Morbius, who, while trying to cure himself of a rare blood disease, instead turns himself into a vampire. But not any kind of vampire – a living vampire! Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane, Morbius first appeared as a villain in The Amazing Spider-Man in October 1971. Over time, however, he became more of a flawed antihero, appearing both in standalone comic book titles and crossovers featuring other Marvel characters.
Morbius was directed by Daniel Espinosa, a Swedish filmmaker who previously made the science-fiction horror film Life. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, a creative duo who previously collaborated on Dracula Untold and The Last Witch Hunter, wrote the script. Besides Leto, the cast of the film includes Adria Arjona (Good Omens), Jared Harris (Chernobyl), Tyrese Gibson (Fast & Furious series), and Matt Smith (Doctor Who).