The Underworld franchise, a dark fantasy series set in a world where vampires and lycans (werewolves) war among themselves unbeknownst to humans, launched in 2003. Kate Beckinsale, as vampire “death dealer” Selene, led the first two installments, Underworld and Underworld: Evolution, while Underworld: Rise of the Lycans shifted the focus back in time to a different group of characters. Most recently, Underworld: Awakening returned to Selene in present day and introduced new vampires and lycans to the film series, with humans entering into the supernatural war.
The Underworld franchise is next returning to the big screen with Underworld: Next Generation, which will re-team Selene with her Awakening ally David (Theo James). However, soon after Next Generation was announced, it was also revealed that a television series was being developed by Underworld 1 and 2 director Len Wiseman. Now, the director has given an update on that TV series.
In an interview with Collider at this year’s Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Wiseman confirmed he was still working on developing a television series based on the mythos of Underworld, though he didn’t want to give a concrete date for when fans may be seeing it:
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.
Underworld: Next Generation is currently filming with a release date scheduled for later this year, but it’s unclear who – if anyone – aside from Wiseman will be involved in the TV series. Wiseman is currently developing a sixth Die Hard installment, Die Hard Year One, and, despite working mainly on films, does have experience in television with Sleepy Hollow and the upcoming Lucifer series at FOX.
Given Wiseman’s rather vague comments about its development, we don’t know much about the Underworld television series aside from the fact that it is still in the works. We don’t know whether it will follow characters from the film series, shift to feature new characters in the same world, or simply take the vampire vs. lycan premise to the small screen. Additionally, with no projected date, there’s no telling how soon it could arrive – if at all.
Of course, Underworld does feature a complex mythos of supernatural politics that could prove to be successful on television no matter its connection to the films. But, the Underworld franchise has proven to suffer when Beckinsale doesn’t lead the charge as Selene, so it’s difficult to say whether a television version of the feud between vampires and werewolves could be successful without her either. Still, with so little known about this potential Underworld series, we’ll have to wait until we have a better idea of what to expect.
We’ll keep you updated on the Underworld TV series as more information becomes available. Underworld: Next Generation will hit theaters on October 21, 2016.