Get ready for vampires and lycans to make their way to the small screen. After quite some time, the long-gestating Underworld TV Show is finally moving forward and has new life. Len Wiseman, who directed Underworld and Underworld: Evolution, is the man now shepherding the project with his production company, Sketch Films. No network is currently attached to the series, but it is reportedly targeting a premium cable or digital platform, such as HBO or Netflix.
Deadline brings us the news that the Underworld TV series has gained some steam. Len Wiseman definitely seems like the right guy for the job, as he has been involved as a producer on all five movies in the franchise, in addition to his work writing and directing the first two entries. Even though Wiseman has worked on all of the Underworld movies, he does promise that the series will be different from what we've seen on the big screen. Here's what he had to say about it.
"The series will be a pretty big departure from the films. I don't want to say it's more adult, but it's definitely less comic book in its tone and character."
Those are some pretty vague comments, but it does sound like they are finding a reason to justify further stories in the Underworld franchise by changing the tone significantly. At the moment, it's unclear if we'll see any of the characters that have been featured in the movies crossover with the TV show, but it seems unlikely. Kate Beckinsale doesn't come cheap, after all. But finding a way to connect the show to the Underworld movies in some way could be beneficial, since there is a pretty sizeable audience that enjoys the movies.
Despite the fact that the more recent Underworld movies have disappointed at the box office, the franchise has been very reliable for more than a decade. In total, the five Underworld movies have made $539 million worldwide. The biggest of them being 2012's Underworld: Awakening, which grossed $160 million at the box office. This year's Underworld: Blood Wars proved that the lycans and vampires may be growing a bit tired, as the movie only grossed $81 million. However, considering that the movie only has a 19 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it seems more likely that fans just want to see something good from Underworld.
Len Wiseman is set to executive produce the Underworld TV series alongside Lakeshore Entertainment's Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Eric Reid. Lakeshore Entertainment produced all of the Underworld movies, so their involvement is no surprise. Sony's TV division is also reportedly involved in the project. As of right now, there is no word on how far along the series is, but it does sound like this iteration headed up by Wiseman is in the relatively early stages. We'll be sure to keep you up to date as more information on the Underworld TV series are made available.