Both the first and second trailers for the upcoming Underworld: Awakening have focused almost solely on Kate Beckinsale's return as the leather-clad vampire Selene after mostly sitting out of the 2009 prequel Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, but the first TV spot for the sequel actually spends some time on the movie's story. In Awakening, Selene awakens from a 12-year coma only to find that her Vampire/Lycan hybrid daughter (India Eisley) is being used as a pawn in the war humanity has waged on the supernatural. watch the TV spot, "legacy" video and trailer >> Posted 12.23.11 by Ryan
A few horror movies have been on the move recently, with Underworld 4 moving release dates (again) and director Alex Proyas's Dracula Year Zero (maybe) moving forward.
Box Office Mojo reports that Underworld 4 has been bumped from its Sept. 23, 2011, release date to Jan. 20, 2012, instead. The sequel will still be in 3-D. Len Wiseman, director of the first two Underworld movie, was reported to be returning to direct the fourth in February, with his wife/series lead Kate Beckingsale returning, as well. John Hlavin is writing the screenplay. What's going on with Dracula: Year Zero? >> Posted 08.19.10 by Ryan
Back in September, actress Kate Beckinsale considered the talk of plans for a fourth chapter in the Underworld franchise to be "just a rumor." Since that time, it's been confirmed that the movie is in the works, with John Hlavin writing the screenplay. While there's been no definitive word of Beckinsale's involvement, a couple pieces of recent news allow for a connect-the-dots, of sorts, that seems to guarantee Beckinsale's involvement, if only in a supporting role.
It was announced in November that Len Wiseman, who directed the first two Underworld movies, would only produce the fourth installment, as he had the third. However, a recent Variety article about tax breaks for movies shot in France, revealed that Wiseman would be returning to direct Underworld 3D. Why is this a significant clue? Beckinsale and Wiseman have been happily married since 2004. And, though the news is unsubstantiated, popular horror site BloodyDisgusting is reporting that Beckinsale's involvement is confirmed, but the site's "sources" say that Beckinsale is "trying to find a way out of the movie."
An Underworld movie with Beckinsale in it is clearly better than one without her. But the title seems pretty lame for the fourth movie in the series. And, with rumors that Underworld 3D will be the first in a new trilogy, what would they call its sequel? Underworld 3D: Part Deux? Posted 02.03.10 by BrentJS
THR reports that former Shield writer John Hlavin will write the screenplay for Underworld 4. The fourth installment in the franchise is supposedly going to be shot in 3-D and will set up another trilogy of Underworld movies. Hlavin wouldn't say too much about the plot, but he did note that "it's not a prequel."
It will satisfy old fans and excite new audiences, meaning that we don't want to redo the first three movies, so steps are being taken to honor what fans have loved but at the same time introduce fresh elements.
Len Wiseman, director of the first two Underworlds will produce, while neither Kate Beckinsale, who starred in Underworld and Underworld: Evolution, nor Rhona Mitra, who starred in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, are signed on to return. However, Beckinsale has said that she could be interested in returning if she liked the script. Posted 11.20.09 by Ryan
There's no denying that vampire popularity is at an all-time high or that, thanks to the likes of Stephenie Meyer, it's still on the rise. But despite the popular perception that vampire movies have been taking a "dirt-nap" since the '90s, that's not exactly true.
We look back at the two decades of movie undead that preceded the Cullens, a period that offers some awesome fanged films — and a few that should have stayed buried — in our Vampire Movie Timeline. Posted 10.16.09 by reelz
News of a fourth Underworld broke nearly four weeks ago, much to the surprise of Kate Beckinsale, who starred in both the first and second installments. Underworld 4 is slated to be shot in 3D and will be the first of a new trilogy of Underworld movies, but when Collider asked Beckinsale about Underworld 4, she wasn't aware of the new developments:
God, three whole more! I don't think my daughter needs to see my bottom in rubber for another ten years. But I don't know, I've heard they're talking about a fourth one, but I don't know if that's officially happening or if that's a rumor. As far as I'm concerned, it's just a rumor.
According to studio Screen Gems, it's not a rumor, especially after Underworld: Rise of the Lycans scored $91 million dollars worldwide, almost triple its budget. However ignorant Beckinsale may have been about Underworld 4, her return to the series is still possible:
[Underworld] was always conceived as a trilogy, which I was never going to be in the third one. I think if they came up with an amazing script I wouldn't be adverse to it. But it's not planned or anything.
Well it is now. Underworld 4 will arrive in theaters in January of 2011, with or without Beckinsale. Posted 09.01.09 by Ryan
Reelz.com caught up with Kate Beckinsale the other day at the junket for her upcoming indie flick Snow Angels, and she affirmed fanboys fears that she will not be making any appearances in Underworld 3 (the prequel to Underworld that is to be entitled Underworld: Rise of the Lycans).
Beckinsale said her only involvement with this installment of the franchise is "in a wifely, supportive type way." The actress, who starred in Underworld and Underworld: Evolution, is married to the movies' director, Len Wiseman.
"They’re shooting right now in New Zealand and my husband is not directing, he’s producing it," Beckinsale continued. "And my ex (Michael Sheen, who plays Lucian in the series) is the lead."
"Family franchise," she joked. Posted 03.02.08 by reelz
It appears that one of the more unfortunate side effects of the success of the splendid vampire flick 30 Days of Night is a renewed interest in lesser vampire-oriented franchises. Variety reports today that a Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans is officially moving forward, sans the one element that made the previous two Underworld movies tolerable: Kate Beckinsale. Billed as a prequel, the movie's story centers on the origins of the centuries-old battle between Vampires and Werewolves. B-list heavyweights Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen and Rhona Mitra are slated to star. What -- they couldn't get Kevin Sorbo? Pity. Posted 10.26.07 by reelz