By now everyone should know that a fifth Underworld film is on the way, but sadly Kate Beckinsale is not returning as Selene. While the news that Beckinsale will not be returning for the fifth films upsets me, things could be looking up as Beckinsale could be returning in a planned TV series, and possibly in a sixth Underworld film.
While at the New York Comic-Con this weekend, Underworld director Len Wiseman dropped not one, but two bombs. He told IGN that even though there is a fifth Underworld film currently in development (Underworld: Next Generation), there are also plans for a sixth film in the franchise, and also a TV series.
Wiseman could not confirm which will be coming first, but he did drop a third bomb by mentioning Beckinsale’s name, and I am sure her returning will delight fans.
Here is what Wiseman said:
“There’s a few things being developed right now and there’s some characters that we really like. There’s kind of more of a spin-off of some of the characters like we did with Rise of the Lycans and then another film is also being developed in the works with Kate possibly as well, and then there’s a television series as well. It’s kind of expanding that universe in many ways.”
This is exciting news indeed, and shows that there is still huge interest in this franchise. A TV series could actually be really interesting.
The fifth film, currently known as Underworld: Next Generation, is expected to focus in Selene and Michael Corvin’s (Scott Speedman) hybrid daughter Eve (India Eisley). It has already been rumoured that Eisley will return as Eve.
Lakeshore Entertainment has signed Divergent star Theo James to star in the fifth film in its vampires-versus-werewolves franchise.
Lakeshore is ramping up development on the yet-to-be-titled film and aiming to shoot in the spring. James starred as a new character and vampire ally to Beckinsale’s character in the fourth film, Underworld: Awakening.
Lakeshore toppers Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing.
The franchise launched in 2003 with Underworld, directed by Len Wiseman and starring Beckinsale, followed by 2006’s Underworld: Evolution, 2009’s Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and 2012’s Underworld: Awakening, which grossed $160 million worldwide.
A writer has now been found in the shape of Cory Goodman. He has only written two other films, Priest and the upcoming Vin Diesel starer, The Last Witch Hunter.
Len Wiseman, who wrote and produced all the previous Underworld films, remains as producer on the fifth film.