Underworld marked its debut as a gothic-themed horror-inspired movie back in 2003, under the guidance of director and writer Len Wiseman who steadily managed to build an unforgettable lore which proceeded to ultimately change the sphere of vampirical creatures and sanguinary-driven quests for good.
The fifth installment in the franchise will hit theaters on the 21st of October this year, introducing Divergent’s daunting Theo James and an unfamiliar cast altogether, comprised of Laura Pulver, Bradley James and Tobias Menzies. Fortunately, the upcoming addition to the series will ensure the survival of Selene’s character, played by feisty actress Kate Beckinsale.
As the project advances, a spin-off seems to gradually outline itself, a matter turned evident from the recent words spoken by none-other than Len Wiseman for Collider:
‘Yes, there’s been a lot of conversations and even development on what that series would be. It’s really appropriate for television, in terms of how those characters can really tie in, but also become something new. It’s really an attractive space. I don’t want to put a date on it because then that’s going to be printed and it might not happen in that timeframe, but it is a thought.’
Consequently assured that an Underworld series is in the cards, enthusiasts are left to wonder as to whether the series will bear a SyFy sort of atmosphere (magical, mysterious, lugubrious and dark) or if it will aim for a larger audience and therefore set aside character details? Quite sure the amount of nightmarish potential related to the lore will falter and Beckinsale will most likely not star as Selene. Whichever the case, Underworld is a difficult subject to tackle with and even so, it managed to derail from its original course with its most recent installments, as producers attempted to apply the ‘blockbuster’ treatment. Multiplying this effect by a hundred we have the ‘cable channel’ treatment: Oh, boy, we’re in for a major disappointment!