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Last month it was announced that the Underworld franchise would be getting a reboot. However, it looks like the fifth film will be more of sequel, starring Theo James, who is probably best known as the male star of Divergent. James previously played a vampire named David in 2013's Underworld: Awakening, and it looks like he's set to reprise his role, only this time as the franchise's lead.
THR reports that the next film will be "an expansion of the existing universe" rather than a reboot of the series, as initially thought.
- Laura Frances
The Underworld franchise has seen its ups and downs since Len Wiseman and Kevin Grevioux debuted the first film over 10 years ago in 2003. The initial success of Underworld prompted a sequel, a prequel, and a soft reboot that further explored the mythos of Underworld’s vampire/lycan (werewolf) conflict. Recently, Lakeshore Entertainment announced another film, what was initially thought to be another reboot, with Cory Goodman (Priest, The Last Witch Hunter) attached to pen the script.
Although little was known about the untitled Underworld 5 at first, more details about the upcoming installment have surfaced, which include a returning character — but not the franchise’s central figure, Kate Beckinsale’s Selene.
THR reported ...
- Molly Freeman
Kate Beckinsale, however, will not return for her Selene role after starring in all previous films.
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.”
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 wordlwide.
James starred as Four in “Divergent” opposite Shailene Woodley, and in the second film “Insurgent,” which is in post-production and will open in March. The two “Allegiant” films will also star James and open in 2016 and 2017.
James is repped by Wme and Markham, »
- Dave McNary
Charlie Hunnam is about to be seen in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy" on FX and after that it will likely be a long stream of movies and the schedule is starting to fill up. He was recently named the title star of Guy Ritchie's Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, he will almost certainly be back for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim sequel and now he's rumored to be the top contender to play Snake Plissken in the remake of John Carpenter's Escape from New York alongside a couple others still in the mix. Hunnam as well as Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey", The Guest) and Jon Bernthal (Fury, "The Walking Dead") are reported to be the top three choices for the lead role, looking to pick up after Kurt Russell as Plissken, a convicted bank robber in a crime-riddled New York City-turned-maximum security prison, coerced »
- Brad Brevet
Each successive Spider-Man movie has earned less at the box office than the previous entry, calling into question the theory that audiences want more of the same. Despite this, THR reports that Lakeshore Entertainment has decided to go down a similar path and reboot the “Underworld” series. The vampires-vs-werewolves franchise is perhaps now best remembered for giving Kate Beckinsale fangs and machine guns, thereby turning her into an action star. Of course, film fans will always remember the series for spawning director Len Wiseman and unleashing him upon the world. To date, “Underworld” has spawned four films, with the last one, “Underworld: Awakening," a 3D effort that ended up as “the top earner in the franchise.” That film, which featured the return of Beckinsale after she sat out the 2009 prequel “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans,” was released in 2012. That’s only two years between that successful fourth film and whatever comes. »
- Cain Rodriguez
(Cbr) Vampires and Lycans will wage ware once again in a reboot of the "Underworld" action horror franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter Lakeshore Entertainment hired Cory Goodman ("Priest," "The Last Witch Hunter") to write the script. The series debuted in 2003 with director Len Wiseman’s Underworld, which introduced Kate Beckinsale as Selene, a vampire determined to take revenge on the Lycans that killed her family. It was followed by "Underworld: Evolution" in 2006, "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" in 2009 and "Underworld: Awakening" in 2012. The four films, which boasted a collective budget of $177 million, have grossed more than $458 million worldwide. »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
Believe it or not, a reboot of the Underworld franchise is now said to be in the works. Writer and director Len Wiseman kicked off the series with the first instalment back in 2003, and that would be followed up by Underworld: Evolution in 2006, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans in 2009 and Underworld: Awakening in 2012.
The series starred Kate Beckinsale as Selene, a vampire “Death Dealer” who found herself caught in the middle of a war between vampires and Lycans. Despite never finding much success with critics, each of the movies was reasonably successful at the box office and clearly good enough for Lakeshore Entertainment to confidently move ahead with another. A reboot so soon after the last one is surprising to say the least…it’s only been two years!
- Josh Wilding
Underworld: After four installments, it's time for a reboot of the Underworld series. The first film, starring Kate Beckinsale and directed by Len Wiseman, was released in 2003, the last (so far) in 2012, and now Lakeshore Entertainment has hired Cory Goodman (Priest, the upcoming The Last Witch Hunter) to write a reimagined version of the vampires-vs.-werewolves franchise, which has made more than $450 million worldwide. [Heat Vision] King Arthur: Charlie Hunnam (TV's Sons of Anarchy) is in final negotiations to star in Guy Ritchie's untitled King Arthur project, an epic retelling of the legendary story that is intended to span six films. Last year Hunnam was set to star in the sexy 50 Shades of Grey before pulling out of the movie before production...
- Peter Martin
It’s only been two years since the last instalment but Lakeshore want to get a new broom in to clear away any cobwebs from the Underworld series and let new blood have a go on the cinematic jugular. Cory Goodman (whose upcoming project is The Last Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel) is charged with breathing fresh life into the vampires vs werewolves saga. Though known as a high octane blend of Lycan-on-undead action with bucketfuls of blood and bullets, the franchise is also famous for finding star Kate Beckinsale her life partner (writer/director Len Wiseman) and giving pasty-faced roles to cheque-collecting British thesps such as Bill Nighy and Sir Derek Jacobi.
Beckinsale appeared in three of the four chapters (with number three Rise Of The Lycans a prequel) and while it is unclear whether she will feature or be rebooted out the door it’s obvious her butt-kicking »
- Steve Palace
A reboot of Underworld is being developed.
Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will produce along with Underworld and Underworld: Evolution director Len Wiseman, while Priest and The Last Witch Hunter scribe Cory Goodman will pen the new screenplay.
Details about the reboot are scarce, though it’s being reported that the new film may be called Underworld: Next Generation and focus on Eve, the daughter of original franchise protagonists Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and Michael (Scott Speedman). If true that means that the film won’t be a typical “reboot,” and may exist within the continuity of the previous installments, though both Speedman and Beckinsale are not expected to return.
As always, we’ll have more information on the Underworld reboot as it becomes available. »
- James Garcia
It's been two years since the last Underworld film. Normally we would say that not enough time has passed to qualify a whole franchise for a reboot. But in this day and age, studios seem to be pressing the reboot button almost immediately after the final film in a franchise leaves the theater. With that said, let us announce that Lakeshow Entertainment is rebooting the entire vampire action franchise Underworld. Cory Goodman (Priest, The Last Witch Hunter) has been hired to write the first script.
Underworld, directed by Len Wiseman, was released in 2003. The franchise starred Kate Beckinsale as Selene, a vampire "Death Dealer" caught in the war between vampires and Lycans. The franchise also included 2006's Underworld: Evolution, 2009's Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and 2012's Underworld: Awakening.
- Laura Frances
Notable for their slow-mo, acrobatic action and Kate Beckinsale as a vampire in black Pvc, the Underworld franchise began just over a decade ago. The original Underworld, released in 2003, wasn't a blockbuster in the Marvel sense of the word, but it launched a memorable action heroine and spawned three sequels: Underworld: Evolution (2006), Rise Of The Lycans (2009 - actually a prequel, technically speaking) and Awakening (2012).
To date, the franchise has made a shade over $450m - not a bad sum, given that they didn't cost a huge amount to make in the first place.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series is set to be rebooted, with Cory Goodman (who previously wrote the 2011 film Priest, which had a similar action-horror atmosphere) in charge of writing the script. Presumably, the success of »
Cory Goodman ("Priest," "The Last Witch Hunter") has been hired to write the script for the reinvention of the franchise which began with Len Wiseman's 2003 film starring Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen and Scott Speedman.
The film was followed up by a 2006 sequel, a 2009 prequel, and another 2012 sequel. That most recent sequel was the biggest earner in the series with $160 million worldwide, while the franchise on the whole has made $458 million worldwide.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Underworld: After four installments, it's time for a reboot of the Underworld series. The first film, starring Kate Beckinsale and directed by Len Wiseman, was released in 2003, the last (so far) in 2012, and now Lakeshore Entertainment has hired Cory Goodman (Priest, the upcoming The Last Witch Hunter) to write a reimagined version of the vampires-vs.-werewolves franchise, which has made more than $450 million worldwide. [Heat Vision] The Ramones: Martin Scorsese will direct a movie about the Ramones, the pioneering band that kicked off the punk rock movement in the mid 1970s. It's just one of multiple projects, including a documentary and a book, that are being planned by the band's estate, since all four members of the original group, formed in...
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After only four entries, the Underworld series will be getting a reboot courtesy of Lakeshore Entertainment. The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Cory Goodman (Priest) is set to pen the script and Len Wiseman, who helmed the original Underworld and Underworld: Evolution, will be producing.
Plot details are scarce, but it’s being reported that the film might be titled Underworld: Next Generation and could focus on Eve, who is the daughter of the protagonists from the original series, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and Michael (Scott Speedman). Not much else is known about the reboot other than that, but Beckinsale and Speedman are not expected to return.
The idea of rebooting Underworld will likely shock most, as the last film in the series, Underworld: Awakening, only hit theatres two years ago. It’s kind of crazy when you think about it, actually. It’s not like people are exactly clamouring for more Underworld. »
- Matt Joseph
Lakeshore Entertainment is developing an Underworld reboot after four entries in the vampires vs. werewolves series. According to THR, Cory Goodman will write the script. In March, Bloody Disgusting reported Screen Gems had commissioned a new Underworld movie titled Underworld: Next Generation with Len Wiseman producing. Given the subtitle, the report speculated the new direction could focus on Eve, the vampire/werewolf hybrid daughter of Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and Michael (Scott Speedman). Beckinsale informed us in 2012, "I think it’s probably unlikely that I’ll do [another Underworld sequel] but they may do one without me." It's too early to say where exactly the Underworld franchise is heading next, but fans of the series should rest assured a new Underworld movie is likely on the way. Hit the jump to revisit the first Underworld trailer. Official Underworld synopsis: In the Underworld, Vampires are a secret clan of modern aristocratic sophisticates whose mortal enemies »
- Brendan Bettinger
Kate Beckinsale starred as the vampire "death dealer" Selene in the first Underworld, which debuted in 2003 and followed the war between the vampires and their sworn enemies, the lycans, a.k.a. werewolves.
The actress returned for the sequel Underworld: Evolution in 2006, although she did not star in the 2009 prequel Underworld 3: The Rise of The Lycans, which featured Michael Sheen and Rhona Mitra. 2012's Underworld Awakening was the final feature within the franchise, which has earned $458.2 million worldwide through all four movies.
Looks like the day has finally arrived in which Kate Beckinsale no longer has to squeeze into a dominatrix outfit (nothing wrong with that) to play the gun-toting vampire, Selene. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lakeshore Entertainment has decided to reboot their very lucrative Underworld franchise. They've hired Cory Goodman to pen the reboot. Goodman is responsible for writing Paul Bettany's Priest (2011) and Vin Diesel's upcoming film, The Last Witch Hunter, which is current in production. The first Underworld film, directed by Len Wiseman and starring Kate Beckinsale, was released in 2003. Playing the strong vampiress Selena made Beckinsale into a bankable action star, and three films followed in 2006 (Underworld: Evolution), 2009 (prequel Underworld: Rise of the Lycans) and 2012 (Underworld: Awakening). »
Welcome back to Underworld. Lakeshore Entertainment is moving forward with a reboot of the vampire action franchise, hiring Cory Goodman to write the script. Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing. The first Underworld film, directed by Len Wiseman and starring Kate Beckinsale, was released in 2003. Playing the strong vampire Selena made Beckinsale into a bankable action star, and three films followed in 2006 (Underworld: Evolution), 2009 (prequel Underworld: Rise of the Lycans) and 2012 (Underworld: Awakening). Underworld: Awakening, the 3D film that saw Beckinsale reprise her role as Selene, was the top earner in the franchise,
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