Variety is reporting that Jared Leto set to star in Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff focusing on antihero Morbius the Living Vampire, with Daniel Espinosa helming the film.
Jared Leto will play Dr. Michael Morbius, a biochemist who tries to cure himself from a fatal blood disease, he injects himself with a treatment serum derived from bats, with tragic results. He becomes afflicted with traits of a vampire, including fangs and a thirst for human blood, which more often than not put him at odds against Spider-Man.
The Morbius character was created for the comics back in 1971 by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane for “The Amazing Spider-Man issue 101”, and would start off as Spider-Man’s nemesis before evolving into his own as a comic hero as the decades went on.
The report from Variety states that Leto has been loosely attached to the project for some time, but wasn’t fully committed until he knew the film was heading in the right direction, asking to meet with several filmmakers that were in contention to helm the film. Daniel Espinosa (directed Safe House and Life) is stated to have met with Leto in Germany last month whilst he was touring with his band Thirty Seconds to Mars, and then landing the directing gig in the process.
The Morbius spinoff script is written by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, with Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Lucas Foster serving as producers on the project.