My take on the Underworldmovies is a lot like my take on the Resident Evil movies: The first one is fun trash, the second one ... meh. Not so much. But (forgive me) seeing as how I kind of enjoyed Resident Evil 3, I suppose this inevitable piece of news (from The Hollywood Reporter) should be met with semi-open arms. (Maybe.)

Anyway, here's the key points: Underworld 3: The Rise of the Lycans will be a prequel that is "set in the Dark Ages and traces the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires and their one-time werewolf slaves, the Lycans." (Maybe they argued because "Lycans" gets capitalized and "vampires" does not?) Returning from previous Underworldings are Bill Nighy (as the old-but-dangerous Viktor) and Michael Sheen as Lycan Lord Lucian. (Ditto screenwriter Danny McBride.) NOT returning: Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman.

Len Wiseman, who directed the first two movies before graduating (?) to Die Hard 4, will stay on as producer. The director's chair will be occupied by production designer / FX master Patrick Tatopoulos, whose work is all over the first two movies. New to the series will be the lovely Rhona Mitra, who will play daughter to Viktor and lover to Lucian.

Production gets underway in January. Nowhere in the Hollywood Reporter article are the words "direct to video" mentioned.
categories Movies, Cinematical