The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for June 28, 2018
Thirty Seconds To Mars singer Jared Leto has been cast as Morbius The Living Vampire in an upcoming Spider-Man spin-off from Sony Pictures. The film will be called Morbius and will be directed by Daniel Espinosa, who helmed last year’s sci-fi thriller Life.
The character was a scientist who tried to cure himself of a blood disease, but was transformed into a vampire-like being who became at first a Spider-Man villain and later an anti-hero.
The film is expected to start production later this year and will follow both Venom in October and Spider-Man: Far from Home, which will premiere next July. Leto previously made his comic book movie debut in 2016’s Suicide Squad as the Joker, a role he is reportedly going to reprise in either a standalone movie or a Suicide Squad sequel.
Comic book legend Todd McFarlane is still early in the production process of reviving the Spawn franchise, but he’s already planning crossovers down-the-road. While Spawn looks for a production company, if – and it’s a big if – Sony Pictures picks up the project, McFarlane believes we could see his creation interact with another one he helped birth: Venom! “My conversation with them would be, why wouldn’t you? Here’s what I know. Let’s say Venom is huge — I hope it is — then no matter who distributes Spawn, the first thing you will see in every trailer will be, ‘From the co-creator of Venom,’” McFarlane detailed. “So, then my question to Sony is, why would you let one of your competitors use that line, given that it was your effort that made Venom work? Your money that made Venom work? Your marketing that made Venom work? I think it’s worth asking, then, what happens if they both work? And then what happens ten years down the line, when they want to do a Spawn/Venom crossover and they get the guy who helped create both those characters to direct it? Might be kind of cool.”
In an interview with the Associated Press, Shaquille O’Neal, who stars in the movie Uncle Drew, described his Hollywood aspirations as wanting to be as big as Rock (Dwayne Johnson). He went on to say that both are former athletes in transition, and he’d like to get into similar movies, like thrillers, comedies and dramas. “I want to do a thriller where I’m like a hero and beat up all the bad guys.” Shaq also went on to say his favorite movie was Stepbrothers. “All day, every day. I know that movie by heart.”
Leonard DiCaprio posted a picture on Instagram Wednesday with Brad Pitt on the set of Quentin Tarantino’s ‘60s movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The movie deals with late ‘60s Hollywood, with the neighbor of DiCaprio’s character being Sharon Tate, who was murdered by the Manson Family.