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Movie News - Kate Beckinsale is to star in a new 'Underworld' film. The 41-year-old actress is to reprise her role as Death Dealer Selene once again for the upcoming fifth installment of the horror film series, IGN reports. Although the last film in the franchise, 'Underworld: Awakening', appeared to be preparing to move away from her character's story, Beckinsale's husband and director Len Wiseman has confirmed he is working on more 'Underworld' projects, including a new movie with his wife. He said: ''There's a few things being developed right now. There are some characters who we really liked that will be in a kind of a spin off like we did with 'Rise of the Lycans', then we have another film in the works with Kate as well ... And then there's a television series.'' It is so far unclear, however, whether Wiseman »
We recently reported that Lakeshore Entertainment is developing an Underworld series spin-off film starring the vampire David from Underworld: Awakening, but writer/director Len Wiseman recently revealed that more projects are in development, including another Underworld film following Kate Beckinsale’s Selene and a TV series set in the vampire versus Lycan universe.
At New York Comic Con this weekend, IGN interviewed writer/director Len Wiseman (2003’s Underworld, 2006’s Underworld: Evolution) and asked him about the future of the Underworld franchise. Wiseman said that in addition to the David-centric Underworld: Next Generation (a film that takes its own path from the main series storyline in a way similar to 2009’s Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), another Underworld film starring Kate Beckinsale as Death Dealer Selene is in the works.
Wiseman went on to make another big reveal when he mentioned that an Underworld TV series is in development. No official »
- Derek Anderson
Just last month, we learned that the developing Underworld reboot was actually more of a sequel in the franchise that would focus on Divergent star Theo James in the role of David, the vampire ally of Selene who came into play when she united with her daughter and sought out the hybrid Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman) in Underworld: Awakening. There have been rumblings that the film will feature Selene and Michael's hybrid daughter Eve, because Kate Beckinsale wasn't going to return for this film. However, director Len Wiseman spoke to IGN at New York Comic-Con this weekend, and said that wasn't the case. When asked about the future of the Underworld franchise, Wiseman said, "There’s a few things being developed right now. “There are some characters who we really liked that will be in a kind of a spin-off like we did with Rise of the Lycans, then we »
- Ethan Anderton
IGN caught up with Underworld director Len Wiseman at New York Comic Con over the weekend and talked to him about the future of the Underworld franchise. If any of you are fans of these movies, then you're going to be really happy with what he had to say here. There are a few things currently in development.
The first thing is that Divergent star Theo James is set to reprise his Underworld: Awakening role, David, in a spin-off movie being developed. I assume it will be in the same vein as Rise of the Lycans, which could be cool.
Wiseman went on to reveal that an Underworld TV series is in the works, but he didn't clarify whether it would be connected to the movie universe or be its own thing. I would personally like to see it be connected to the cinematic universe.
Finally, the writer and director »
- Joey Paur
It was recently reported that Sony Pictures is rebooting the "Underworld" franchise, which will be written by Cory Goodman (Priest) and star Theo James (The Divergent), who played a vampire named David in "Underworld: Awakening," back in 2012. It was also reported that Kate Beckinsale will not be returning. But now comes word from "Underworld" director and Beckinsale's husband Len Wiseman that the new film will be spin-off and that the original film series may still continue. "There's a few things being developed right now," he said at the New York Comic-Con. "There are some characters who we really liked that will be in a kind of a spin-off like we did with 'Rise of the Lycans.' Then we have another film in the works with Kate [Beckinsale] as well. And then there's a television series." Wiseman continued: "So we're expanding that universe in many ways. They're all in development." »
Today at New York Comic-Con, IGN interviewed Len Wiseman ("Total Recall") about the future of the Underworld franchise. He said a few things are currently being developed as they hope to expand the universe. He first referenced the spinoff, which was recently announced. That'll feature the Divergent star Theo James. He'll be reprising his role ('David') from Underworld: Awakening. Fans of the series were bummed by that news as it appeared Kate Beckinsale ("Click") was done playing 'Selene' but her husband indicates that isn't the case. Wiseman told IGN, "Another film is being developed with Kate (Beckinsale), possibly as well." Additionally, Wiseman says a television series based on the vampires vs. werewolves franchise is also in the works. You can listen to the interview below. Underworld Awakening - Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to »
I’m “biast” (con): fantasy action horror is not in a good place right now
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Untold? Really? How can that be? We’ve been telling Dracula stories for more than a century. There are literally hundreds of movies featuring the Transylvanian bloodsucker (and that’s not counting all the probably thousands of films about vampires who aren’t named Dracula). How can there possibly be anything yet untold about him?
Now, I haven’t seen all those previous movies, but I’ve seen the major ones, so I feel fairly confident in confirming that yes, Dracula Untold seems to have found some new angles on an old, oft-told tale, both in the character »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Check out the trailer for Anchor Bay Entertainment’s upcoming thriller Kite, starring India Eisley, Callan McAuliffe and Samuel L. Jackson. Available now on DirecTV, Kite will be released in theatres and on VOD on October 10th.
Based on the groundbreaking, cult classic anime by Yasuomi Umetsu, Kite tells the story of Sawa, India Eisley, (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), and a mysterious friend from her past (Callan McAuliffe), she becomes a merciless teen assassin, blasting her way through the dark world of human trafficking only to uncover a devastating truth.
- Michelle McCue
We recently reported that Lakeshore Entertainment is developing a new Underworld film. Though the new entry was originally expected to be a reboot, it’s now been revealed to be an expansion of the series’ pre-existing universe and will star a familiar vampiric face from 2012’s Underworld: Awakening, though perhaps not the one fans of the franchise would expect.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Theo James, who played the vampire David in 2012’s Underworld: Awakening, will star in the upcoming, untitled Underworld movie. Theo James (Divergent) is set to star alongside two new female characters that are currently being cast. The latest chapter in the action horror series is planned to begin shooting in the spring of 2015.
- Derek Anderson
Mission: Impossible 5: The "Impossible Mission Force" has reunited, as Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames posed for a photo on the set of Mission: Impossible 5. They will be joined by Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris, the latter recently confirmed as the chief villain. Christopher McQuarrie, who shared the photo, will direct; the movie is due in theaters on December 25, 2015. [Twitter via Collider] Underworld 5: Theo James, who costarred opposite Shailene Woodley in Divergent (above), will take on the lead role in Underworld 5. James appeared in a supporting role as a vampire in Underworld: Awakening (2013); in the new installment, described now as an "expansion" of the series rather than a reboot, he will star...
- Peter Martin
Though the upcoming Underworld 5 won’t, strictly speaking, reboot the supernatural action franchise, today brings news that fans of the series may be surprised by what they find in the next installment. According to recent reports, Divergent actor Theo James, who played vampire David in 2013′s Underworld: Awakening, is attached to lead the fifth film, taking the reins from Kate Beckinsale.
David will be the central character in the series’ newest outing, which is being described as “an expansion of the existing universe.” And though David will be joined by two new female characters, Beckinsale is not expected to reprise the role of Selene. No word yet on whether the previously reported title Underworld: Next Generation is accurate, but that David, not Selene’s daughter Eve, is the focus of the fifth film indicates that Next Generation may have been little more than an empty rumor.
- Isaac Feldberg
(Cbr) Move over, Kate Beckinsale: The "Underworld" franchise has a new lead. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Divergent" star Theo James will reprise his role as David from 2012's "Underworld: Awakening" to headline Lakeshore Entertainment’s new film, written by Cory Goodman ("Priest," "The Last Witch Hunter"). In "Awakening," James played a vampire fighting alongside Beckinsale’s Selene for his race’s survival. Announced two weeks ago, the planned fifth installment of the action-horror series is being characterized not as a reboot, but rather an extension of that universe. According to THR, James will star opposite two new female characters. James went from a supporting role in "Underworld: Awakening" to launch another franchise alongside Shailene Woodley with "Insurgent," the sci-fi action film based on the bestselling Ya novel by Veronica Roth. Summit Entertainment has already announced plans for three sequels. »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
Towards the end of last month, it was revealed that Lakeshore Entertainment intended to reboot the Underworld franchise. However, that's only half true as more details have emerged in a report from THR. Instead of rebooting the series completely, instead it will merely continue by following a new lead character. Theo James, who played David, the vampire ally of Selene (Kate Beckinsale) who came into play when she united with her daughter and sought out the hybrid Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman) in Underworld: Awakening, will take the lead this time. So instead of being a reboot, this is basically a sequel or spin-off. Variety's report on the matter says Beckinsale won't show up in the film at all, which seems to indicate she's completely done with the franchise. It only makes sense that James would take over, especially following his pivotal supporting turn alongside Shailene Woodley in Divergent. However, it's »
- Ethan Anderton
Previously reported as a reboot of the franchise, it now looks like the “Underworld” series will just continue on with a new lead. Theo James, who last battled humanity and werewolves at the same time when he played a vampire named David in “Underworld: Awakening” (the fourth in the series) will reprise his character in the new movie, taking over as the lead from Kate Beckinsale, whose Selene was at the center of the “Underworld” universe for three out of its four movies. (The only one she wasn’t the star of was the third part, which was a prequel starring Rhona Mitra.) James’ character will star opposite two new female characters currently being cast. “Underworld: Awakening” was not a bad movie … if you like the “Underworld” franchise. As I recall, James’ character in that movie was something of a fanboy to Beckinsale’s Selene. The film was set in the future, »
While Kevin Smith.s war with film critics might have cooled off in recent days, it looks like the ongoing hostilities between vampires and werewolves are about to heat up again with the latest casting news for fifth film in the Underworld franchise. That.s right ladies, Theo James will be front and center for all of the vampire vs. lycan action in the latest installment of the ongoing series. The Wrap reveals that James, who appeared as a vampire named David in the 2012 film Underworld: Awakening, will return for the newest installment where he.ll be serving in a leading-man capacity alongside two as-yet-uncast female leads. The new film appears to be setting up as something of a transition entry for the series, particularly since series regular Kate Beckinsale won.t be returning for another tour of duty. James is coming back to the franchise thanks to an option »
A little while back reports were that Screen Gems were actively working on a new 'Underworld' sequel. Tentatively titled 'Underworld: Next Generation' fans were suitably excited about plans for a fifth chapter but may be dismayed to hear today that star Kate Beckinsale -below ('Total Recall') will in fact Not return as Selene! Noooooooo. Personally just a promise of seeing Kate leathered up once more would cover my price of admission right there. Now we're not so sure. British 'Divergent' actor Theo James (who many will know as the d#ckhead in 'The Inbetweeners Movie') will be reprising his role as David, who first appeared in 'Underworld: Awakening' back in 2012. No director is currently lined up but will get to helm from a script penned by Cory Goodman. »
Before Theo James smoldered in Divergent, he smoldered in Underworld: Awakening. In the most recent chapter of the fantasy/action series, James played a vampire named David who lent a hand to Kate Beckinsale’s Selene. Now a new Underworld movie is in development, and counter to some reports it won’t be a remake or reboot. No, […]
- Russ Fischer
It was recently reported that Sony Pictures is rebooting the "Underworld" franchise and has hired Cory Goodman (Priest) to write the script. Now comes word that the new movie is not a reboot, but more of an expansion of the existing universe. Variety already confirmed that Kate Beckinsale will not return. The lead role will be played by "The Divergent" star Theo James, who played a vampire named David in "Underworld: Awakening," back in 2012. James will star opposite two new female characters. Casting is still underway. The plan is to begin shooting in the spring. »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, producers are hoping to begin production on the currently untitled film in spring 2015.
Kate Beckinsale will not return as Selena, after appearing in all previous instalments. The fifth film will expand the already established universe, rather than serving as a complete reboot.
James will star opposite two new female characters, with casting already under way for the roles.
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
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