Sony Pictures announced today it has set 2020 release dates for two Marvel films, one labeled as an “Untitled Sony/Marvel” movie and the other an “Untitled Sony/Marvel Sequel.” The first date is July 10, 2020 and the second is October 2, 2020. While the studio is not announcing what movies we’ll be seeing on those 2020 release dates, we have to think that the July 10 one is Morbius the Living Vampire and that the Oct. 2 one could be a Venom sequel.
Director Daniel Espinosa (Life, Safe House) is set to direct Jared Leto in Morbius the Living Vampire. Filming is expected to begin in February 2019 in London. The project, which is part of Sony’s Marvel Universe, was written by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, the duo who created the Lost in Space remake on Netflix. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce with Lucas Foster.
In the comics, Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Dr. Michael Morbius discovered he was dying, a rare disorder dissolving his blood cells. Not wanting to distress his fiancée Martine, he began secretly working on a cure. With the aid of his partner Emil Nikos, Morbius attempted using distilled fluids from bats to stay his disease. While experimenting with such serums on board his yacht, Morbius had Nikos run an electrical shock through his system. The combination profoundly changed Michael’s body, transforming him into something resembling a vampire.
Venom, which opened in theaters on October 5, has now grossed $779.7 million worldwide, with $210.3 million coming from North America and $569.4 million from international markets. The film stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, and Melora Walters.
Venom was directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay by Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg and Kelly Marcel. The film was produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal. The executive producers are David Householter, Stan Lee, Kelly Marcel, Tom Hardy, Edward Cheng, and Howard Chen.