More 'Underworld' On Tap, Perhaps Opening Next Spring?

by Paul William Tenny

Wouldn't you know it, just as soon as I published this post about an hour ago, the rain came back and knocked me off-line for a spell. I have managed to collect a number of news items and have them opened locally so I can write some posts, the only question is will this lull last long enough to write and then publish them. Firstly and least importantly, just a day or two ago somebody noticed a foreign film commission released a document listing filming schedules for that country - I debated post it but decided not to since it wasn't confirmed - with one feature that took people a little bit by surprise.

Namely that a prequel to Underworld is under development, and official word has been given the title - Underworld 3: The Rise of the Lycans - though no date has been given for a shooting schedule or release. I'm sure you could probably find its shooting sched if you search around for news about Underworld.

Prequel story traces the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires known as Death Dealers and their onetime slaves, the Lycans. In the Dark Ages, a young Lycan named Lucian (Sheen) emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor (Nighy), the cruel vampire king who has enslaved them. Lucian is joined by his secret lover, Sonja (Mitra), in his battle against the Death Dealer army and his struggle for Lycan freedom.

The script has already been written so whatever their schedule may be, it won't be interrupted by the writers strike so long as they like not being able to revise the script during production. Depending on how late they get started, producers may have to deal with an actors strike eventually, as the Screen Actors Guild's contract expires next summer and are said to be just as unhappy about the residuals situation as the writers are.
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