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(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
Fans of the vampires versus Lycans film franchise that began with 2003′s Underworld might be excited to learn that Lakeshore Entertainment is developing an Underworld reboot. A writer has been hired for the project that would bring the battle between the two formidable species of the night back to the big screen for the first time since 2012′s Underworld: Awakening.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lakeshore Entertainment has hired Cory Goodman to pen an Underworld reboot that Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing. Genre fans may remember Goodman as the writer of 2011′s Priest, which starred Paul Bettany and took place in a dystopian future where beast-like vampires reignite a war with the humans. Goodman also wrote the first draft of The Last Witch Hunter, an upcoming film starring Vin Diesel.
- Derek Anderson
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
Remember when you thought Sony jumped the gun with remaking Spider-Man a mere 5 years after the last movie? Well, Lakeshore Entertainment’s going to top that: A mere 2 years after the last “Underworld” movie (which would be “Underworld: Awakening” in case you’re keeping score at home), the studio is already moving forward with a reboot of the franchise. Yes, the term being bandied about is “reboot.” Not “remake.” Is there a difference? I have no idea, but saying they’re going to “reboot” it would seem to mean, well, rebooting it. You know, go back to the original and start all over again? Maybe. It’s Hollywood. They confuse me with their fancy terms and whatnot. In case you think it’s all talk, well, it’s not. Lakeshore has already plopped down the cash for Cory Goodman, who last wrote the Paul Bettany actioner “Priest” and the Vin Diesel »
Just two years shy of its last theatrical outing, the "Underworld" series is getting a reboot.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the vampire franchise, which launched actress Kate Beckinsale into a successful action career, is getting an update from Lakeshore Entertainment. Screenwriter Cory Goodman has been pegged to pen the script.
The "Underworld" films performed well at the global box office, raking in a total of $458.2 million. The first flick was released in 2003, followed by "Underworld: Evolution" in 2006, "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" in 2009, and the last installment, "Underworld: Awakening," released in 2012.
Goodman previously wrote the script for 2011 supernatural thriller "Priest," which starred Paul Bettany as a man who hunts vampires (a credit that should help him with the vampires vs. werewolves theme of the "Underworld" franchise). He also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Vin Diesel flick "The Last Witch Hunter."
No word yet on when this latest "Underworld" movie will get underway, »
- Katie Roberts
Lakeshore Entertainment thinks it’s time for another trip to the Underworld. The company is moving forward with a reboot of the vampires-vs.-werewolves saga, which launched in 2003. The news comes just two years after the last installment, Underworld: Awakening, hit theaters. Get all the details on the Underworld reboot after the jump. THR reports that […]
The post An ‘Underworld’ Reboot Is Coming appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
2003 saw an unlikely milestone emerge in the form of the supernatural horror/action genre-blend franchise, Underworld. The vampires vs. werewolves flick featured an untested creative team (Len Wiseman and Kevin Grevioux) shepherding a collection of unlikely action stars, which included theatrically trained actors like Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) and Bill Nighy (Harry Potter); a pretty-boy leading man in Scott Speedman (Felicity); and Kate Beckinsale, who – at that point – seemed as far from an action star as one could be.
Despite the unlikely players in the mix, Underworld‘s genre-blend premise sold with audiences, thus launching a 2006 sequel (Underworld: Evolution), a 2009 prequel (Rise of the Lycans) and a 3D soft reboot in 2012 (Underworld: Awakening); not to mention sister films ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
Before the Twilight franchise swept the box office, the Underworld series had a monopoly on the cinematic war between vampires and werewolves. Led by Kate Beckinsale, the original 2003 film spawned three sequels—and now it appears the series is getting rebooted.
As The Hollywood Reporter originally reported, the studio behind Underworld, Lakeshore Entertainment, has hired Cory Goodman to pen the reboot’s script. Goodman’s previous work includes the vampire-human war depicted in Priest, as well as the upcoming Vin Diesel film The Last Witch Hunter.
The last film in the series, Underworld: Awakening, debuted in 2012 and went on to »
- Jonathon Dornbush
A reboot of Underworld is being developed.
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
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
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). »
It’s been two years since the last entry in the Underworld franchise was released, Underworld: Awakening, which stands as the biggest earner of the four movies in the series. Now, as it happens from time to time, a reboot is coming well ahead of schedule. Lakeshore Entertainment is moving forward with a reboot and has hired Cory Goodman (Priest) to write the script. There is no word on who will direct or who might take the lead away from Kate Beckinsale who starred in three of the »
- Graham McMorrow
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,
- Rebecca Ford, Borys Kit
I dunno how to properly gauge this first clip from Ralph Ziman’s “Kite,” the adaptation of the popular Japanese anime about a teen hitgirl out for revenge. There’s something a bit off about it, but hey, it’s only a minute-plus clip, and the rest of the movie could be better. They sure went for gruesome, what with the bullet-through-the-hand gag and all. The thing with the old lady was just downright awkward, though. For some reason, I thought they had shot this thing in another language then dubbed it into English, but no? Never Underestimate a Girl with Nothing to Lose. Based on the groundbreaking, cult classic anime, Kite tells the story of Sawa (India Eisley, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” Underworld: Awakening), a young woman living in a corrupt society where crime and gangs terrorize the streets. When Sawa’s mother and policeman father »
Never Underestimate a Girl with Nothing to Lose. Based on the groundbreaking, cult classic anime, Kite tells the story of Sawa (India Eisley, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” Underworld: Awakening), a young woman living in a corrupt society where crime and gangs terrorize the streets. When Sawa’s mother and policeman father are found victims of a grisly double homicide, she begins a ruthless pursuit for the man who murdered them. With the help of her father’s ex-partner, Karl Aker (Samuel L. Jackson, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers,Django Unchained), and a mysterious friend from her past (Callan McAuliffe, The Great Gatsby, I Am Number Four), she becomes a merciless teen assassin, blasting her way through the dark world of human trafficking only to uncover a devastating truth. Kite will premiere exclusively on Directv on August 28th, followed by a theatrical/VOD release on October 10th. »
The present day set tale follows a legendary American pirate who was imprisoned in Hong Kong. A female police lieutenant offers him his freedom in exchange for helping her take down a formidable pirate gang plaguing shipping lanes across the South China Sea. If he does the assignment, he might also have a chance to save his estranged son who is at the center of all this.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Millennium Films has acquired South China Sea, an action film that will be directed by the Swedish helming team of Mans Marlind & Bjorn Stein.The film is on a fast track, with an offer made today to Tom Cruise to play the lead. I have no idea if he’ll do it but clearly they are aiming high. The duo directed Underworld: Awakening after creating cutting edge movies and TV in Sweden that includes Bron, the TV series that transplanted to the U.S .in the form of FX’s The Bridge. Freaky Friday‘s Andrew Gunn is producing, and the script is […] »
Edgar Allan Poe's classic tale of good old-fashioned switcheroo based shenanigans 'The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether' has been adapted into Brad Anderson's ('The Call') latest mystery thriller 'Stonehearst Asylum'. Formerly titled 'Eliza Graves' the adaptation stars Kate Beckinsale ('Underworld: Awakening'), Jim Sturgess ('Heartless'), Michael Caine ('The Dark Knight Rises'), Ben Kingsley ('Lucky Number Slevin'), David Thewlis ('Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2') and Brendan Gleeson ('28 Days Later') and the brand new trailer has been unveiled which you can check out in all its glory below. »
A new trailer has been released for new anime-adpatation Kite, which you can view below…
Based on a classic 1998 Japanese anime by Yasuomi Umetsu, Kite is a classic revenge story about a girl called Sawa (India Eisley, Underworld: Awakening), a young assassin who sets out to seek retribution for the murder of her parents. Her father’s old partner (Samuel L. Jackson, Pulp Fiction) tries desperately to stop Sawa from seeking out revenge, but ultimately fails.
Build as a concoction of Kill Bill, Kick-Ass and classic Samurai tales, Kite is directed by South African director Ralph Ziman (Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema), and co-stars Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby).
Kite is released in select cinemas and on iTunes/VOD on October 10th in the USA, with a UK release still to be announced.
- Scott Davis
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