Writer/director Antoine Fuqua is more well-known for making down and dirty action and crime movies like Training Day, Brooklyn's Finest, Olympus Has Fallen, and The Equalizer. His remake of The Magnificent Seven was middling according to most critics, but on the whole, he's proven an adept filmmaker with a keen eye for both impressive set pieces and intimate character-driven moments.
He's never done an all-out genre movie, but that could change, based on an interview he did with JoBlo.com in which he voiced his interest in directing a Marvel movie around the character of Morbius, the Living Vampire.
"As a kid I grew up with comic books," he said. "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."
Created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane in 1971, Morbius is primarily a Spider-Man villain. Born in Greece, Michael Morbius was a brilliant biochemist, who tried to cure himself of a rare blood disease by using vampire bats and shock therapy. Instead of curing his affliction, the procedure gave him the appearance, abilities, needs, and drawbacks of the traditional vampire. Originally a straightforward bad guy, Morbius has become a sort of complex anti-hero over the years and even offered to hunt down Doctor Octopus when Octavius and Peter Parker switched bodies.
It would be cool for Fuqua to tackle the superhero genre. More than that, he has the potential chance to make a sort of Marvel horror movie. The X-Men universe will beat him to the punch with next year's New Mutants, but a scary comic book adaptation is still largely untapped territory. Creating a high-minded vampire flick within the Marvel Universe is perfect for a Halloween release sometime over the next few years and could even be a way to re-introduce Blade (last played by Wesley Snipes) back onto the silver screen.
As recently as last November, screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless had been hired to pen a Morbius film that would be a spinoff of the Spider-Man universe.