Sony Pictures has decided to push back the release date of Morbius, its upcoming vampire superhero film starring Jared Leto, by three months.
The delay has been confirmed by entertainment publications such as Variety, which reported this afternoon that the movie is now slated to premiere on April 1, 2022. Morbius was originally set for release this month on January 28.
“It’s not the first time (or the second, or the third) that ‘Morbius’ has had to postpone its red carpet premiere,” Variety noted in its coverage.
“The film was supposed to debut on July 10, 2020, but COVID-19 had other ideas. As the pandemic has raged, ‘Morbius’ has cycled through release dates — at various points it has been scheduled to open on July 31, 2020, then March 19, 2021, then Oct. 8, 2021, and finally moving Jan. 21, 2022, before shifting yet again to the Jan. 28 date that it just vacated.”
Morbius will serve as an origin story for the titular character, a doctor who inadvertently becomes a vampire while trying to find a cure for his rare blood disease. The film is set in the same universe as Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man and Venom films.