‘Underworld’ movie franchise coming to television


Underworld is a movie franchise that fans either love or hate. When it comes to the story, it is an interesting take on the vampire and werewolf mythos, as it follows former Death Dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) who falls in love with a human who was marked by a werewolf.

However, the most interesting part is how the series moved on from there and created a rich mythos that was both interesting, complicated, and full of so many plot holes that this year’s fifth edition Underworld: Blood Wars seemed buried in the confusion. However, series creator and director Len Wiseman might be ready to clean it up and reboot the entire thing.

After Underworld: Blood Wars hit theaters, there was some talk of one last movie for the franchise to tie up all loose ends. However, if the latest rumors are true, this film might never come. Deadline reported that Wiseman wants to bring Underworld to television.

The first Underworld movie came in 2003 and introduced the war between the vampires and Lycans and starred Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy and Scott Speedman. That film ended with Speedman as a hybrid vampire-Lycan and proved to Seline that the war was for naught.

After that, Underworld: Evolution continued that storyline and dealt with the outcome of Selene’s betrayal of her coven. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans was next – a prequel that brought back Bill Nighy as the evil vampire Viktor and Michael Sheen as the sympathetic Lycan Lucian.

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However, things went off the tracks after that. While Selene and Scott Speedman’s Michael were supposed to be the two lead characters carrying the story into the future, the franchise wrote out Michael and introduced a young girl – their daughter – in a world where the humans were now hunting down and killing the vampires and Lycans.

Underworld: Blood Wars tried to bring back the vampire and Lycan war, but the villain was nothing more than a cheap knockoff version of Lucian. That might be why the series is looking at rebooting on television, where the money to make episodes almost dwarfs what movies receive these days.

Len Wiseman will oversee the development of the Underworld TV series, and that is a positive sign for its future. Wiseman directed the pilots of Sleepy Hollow and Hawaii Five-0 and also co-created Lucifer and A.P.B., all of which went straight to series.

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There is no word on whether Kate Beckinsale will return for the series or what network might be interested.