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Sony Pictures developing Morbius movie

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Matt and Barbara Sazama © Bang Showbiz Matt and Barbara Sazama

Sony Pictures are working on another 'Spider-Man' spin-off based around villain Morbius, the Living Vampire.

The project is currently being written by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, whose previous movies include 'Power Rangers', 'Gods of Egypt', 'Dracula: Untold' and 'The Last Witch Hunter', The Hollywood Reporter claims.

Morbius was created by Marvel Comics artist Gil Kane and written by Roy Thomas and made his first appearance in the pages of 'The Amazing Spider-Man' issue number 101.

After his debut, Morbius regularly appeared throughout the Marvel Comics world even turned hero in his own series and other titles.

Also known as Dr. Michael Morbius, the character is a biochemist who tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease using vampire bats and electroshock therapy.

However, his experiments have tragic consequences as he becomes afflicted with classic vampire traits including fangs, the ability to fly and a thirst for blood which he needs to ingest to survive.

At the time of reporting, no casting has been revealed or no release date as of yet.

This isn't the first 'Spider-Man' spin-off to be made by Sony Pictures- who own the rights to the characters in the 'Spider-Man' universe - with Tom Hardy being cast in the titular role in the 'Venom' movie.

The official Twitter account for the new movie - which stars Hardy alongside Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate and Reid Scott - recently has confirmed production is underway with a post of a photograph showing the cameras are rolling.

'Venom' marks the first time an enemy of Spidey will be getting their own standalone movie but the character did appear in Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man 3' with the character being played by Topher Grace.

Sony and Marvel Studios reached a deal in February 2015 to allow Spider-Man - a character to which Sony bought the rights to - to be introduced into the MCU, with Tom Holland cast in the role and appearing as Spidey in a cameo capacity in 'Captain America: Civil War'.

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