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Len Wiseman Returning for “Underworld” Series

Len Wiseman and his production company Sketch Films are moving forward with the long-gestating “Underworld” TV series based on the popular action-horror movie franchise, which is targeting the premium cable/digital space, reports Deadline.

“The series will be a pretty big departure from the films,” said Wiseman. “I don’t want to say it’s more adult, but it’s definitely less comic book in its tone and character.”

Wiseman has been involved in all five movies in the Underworld franchise, which he helped launch — he co-wrote and directed the first two and produced the remaining three. Wiseman will executive produce the potential TV series via his Sketch Films with Lakeshore Entertainment’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Eric Reid.

The Underworld franchise, which kicked off with the eponymous movie in 2003, centers on Selene (Kate Beckinsale), a vampire who works as a Death Dealer. She started off by killing the lycans who allegedly slaughtered her family.



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  • Bart Crowe

    I find The Underworld movies terrible but I love Paul F Tompkins’ Len Wiseman impersonation so hopefully we get more of that on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast.

  • Simon Allen

    So over this franchise ….the last two movies stank to high heaven especially the cheapo last one ….Kate Beckinsale deserved more .

    • J Jett

      HOW DARE YOU SAY ANYTHING NEGATIVE ABOUT MY AWESOME SERIES!! you’ll pay dearly for that talk!………………LOL. 🙂

      • Simon Allen

        I loved the early ones so much JJ ……..they were so complex and fun (even the one without Kate ) but then the 3D one came along and was so dull i wanted to hurl stuff at the screen and it was all downhill from there.
        I beg your forgiveness !!! 🙂 .

        • J Jett

          well the Underworld films are based on my life story so you better like them! LOL. 🙂

          • Evan3

            Does that mean you are a leather clad female vampire, an often-shirtless werewolf, or a were-vamp baby?

          • J Jett

            hmmm….that’s a difficult choice to make here! LOL. 🙂

          • Evan3

            Is monsterism fluid now too?!

  • J Jett

    just yesterday i was thinking how much i missed Kate in these movies. i love all the Kate UNDERWORLD movies only kind of liked RISE OF THE LYCANS (although Rhona was awesome in it). we’ll see if this new will be worth anything (especially without Kate in it).

    • GunsOfNavarone

      Underworld 1 and 2 were so much fun, 3 was decent for it’s backstory as it fitted in nicely with the overall story, after that it went severely downhill, that last one was a real battle to get through. It felt so cheap and nasty, almost like the production had got a quarter of it’s original budget so they’d hired a load of unknowns who could barely act.

  • I didn’t hate the last one, it was obviously cheaper than the others but i enjoied it. I really love these movies! I don’t care about a tv series, specially without Kate, i just want more films.
    Maybe this saga is totally worn out and the Underworld series will benefit from the passage to the small screen but i’m kind of tired of all these movies becoming tv series.
    Yeah tv improved a lot in these years still not everything works.
    (Plus, fuck fuck fuck, not everyone has the time to watch 273728 tv series, a movie is a movie, is one and done.)

  • BreeBennett

    The first trilogy are the best, the rest suck!! So I pretend the last two movies never existed.

  • Khy

    What network would even take this? SyFy?

  • Could work.

  • Will Ft. The Roots

    Please be on FX or AMC

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