Lakeshore Entertainment thinks it’s time for another trip to the Underworld. The company is moving forward with a reboot of the vampires-vs.-werewolves saga, which launched in 2003. The news comes just two years after the last installment, Underworld: Awakening, hit theaters. Get all the details on the Underworld reboot after the jump.
THR reports that Cory Goodman has been set to write the script, which Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will produce. Rosenberg and Lucchesi have produced all of the Underworld movies to date. Goodman has prior experience with supernatural action-adventures. His credits include 2011′s Priest and Vin Diesel’s upcoming The Last Witch Hunter.
The original Underworld was directed by Len Wiseman, with Kate Beckinsale as vampire heroine Selene. It made $95 million, a pretty healthy return considering it cost $22 million to make. It inspired three follow-ups, 2006′s Underworld: Evolution, 2009′s Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, and 2012′s Underworld: Awakening.
The latter was the series’ highest-grossing entry to date, with $160 million worldwide. In all, the four movies have earned $458 million. Nevertheless, there hasn’t been much momentum on a sequel.
Details on the Underworld reboot are hard to come by right now. Bloody Disgusting did report back in March that a new Underworld was in the works, possibly with Eve (India Eisley), Selene’s daughter from Underworld: Awakening, as the lead. However, it’s not clear if the project has undergone a rethink since then. At present, the Underworld reboot doesn’t have a director, writer, or stars attached. It’s unclear whether Wiseman or Beckinsale will be involved in any capacity.
Since it’s been only a couple of years since the last Underworld movie, it’s a bit surprising that Lakeshore is planning a reboot. Even Sony’s Spider-Man franchise waited five years between Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man. If I had to guess, I’d say Lakeshore might do a reboot/sequel hybrid a la Transformers: Age of Extinction.