While at CinemaCon promoting The Equalizer 2, Antoine Fuqua (Southpaw, The Magnificent 7) was asked about tackling the comic book genre.
Speaking with JoBlo, The Training Day director revealed he’s had talks with Sony about their Spider-Man spinoff Morbius: The Living Vampire:
As a kid I grew up with comic books. They talked to me about BLACK PANTHER years ago, way back in the day. There’s some reason they came up and they talked to me about at Sony, a Marvel character, Morbius [The Living Vampire]…that kinda came up. I don’t know, I have a thirteen-year-old son so I’m watching more of that again and it’s exciting to do that. I’d love to create a new one. Y’know, something that’s closer to what I get excited about.
Fuqua then asks the interviewer Paul Shirey what kind of comic book genre project he would want to see him direct:
PAUL: Blade, huh? Not Morbius? Not Scarface?
FUQUA: Maybe I’ll get a chance to get lucky to do both. I’ll do Scarface and a superhero movie.
PAUL: Well, if they call you for Blade, man, take the call.
FUQUA: What about Morbius?
PAUL: Morbius would be interesting, but he’s not that popular, so you have a lot of freedom to really make him into something.
FUQUA: He could turn into Blade! (laughs).
The half-vampire and half mortal vampire hunter was most notably portrayed by Wesley Snipes in Blade, Blade II and Blade: Trinity.
Morbius: The Living Vampire first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #101, which was created by writer Toy Thomas and artist Gil Kane. He’s a scientist who attempted to cure himself of a blood disease which resulted in him developing a condition that gave him vampire-like attributes.
It appears Fuqua is at least considering options outside of his current focus on developing Universal’s Scarface remake.
Starring Denzel Washington, The Equalizer 2 hits theaters on Jul. 20th.