Sony has postponed the theatrical release of “Morbius,” the comic book thriller starring Jared Leto, as studios continue to grapple with the pandemic’s impact on the film industry.
The film, which has been repeatedly delayed amid the COVID-19 crisis, was due for release on March 19. It will now hit theaters on October 8.
Most of the films that were once slated for early 2021 have already been pushed back due to the pandemic. However, there are still several titles on the calendar for the first few months of the year, including Camila Cabello (also of Sony) ‘Cinderella’ on February 5 and Disney’s ‘The King’s Man’ and the 20th Century on March 12. Oddly enough, Sony didn’t mention any plans for “Cinderella” in Monday’s announcement, although the fantasy adaptation is unlikely to keep its February release date – unless it gets sent to streaming service, or get premium video on demand early.
“Morbius” was directed by Daniel Espinos and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Based on the character from Marvel Comics, the superhero film centers around a biochemist who becomes a vampire after attempting to cure himself of a rare blood disease. Leto portrayed Michael Morbius alongside a cast that includes Matt Smith, Jared Harris, and Tyrese Gibson.
Spider-Man’s notorious enemy Morbius hails from Sony’s arsenal of Marvel characters. While Tom Holland’s “Spider-Man” films have ties to the Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony is attempting to launch its own interconnected comic book world with Leto and Venom’s anti-hero, the alien symbiote. described by Tom Hardy. “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” a sequel to the studio’s surprise 2018 hit, is slated for release on June 25, 2021 – though the delay of “Morbius” may change those plans.