Rejoice, Underworld fans: the franchise is leaping from the big screen to the small screen very soon. According to Deadline, director/producer Len Wiseman and his company Sketch Films are close to a deal that will bring the popular movie series to television. Seen as a big departure from the films in terms of tone and appeal, the relaxed standards of premium cable and/or streaming services is being looked at as a potential home for the series.
The Underworld franchise, which consists of five films and Kate Beckinsale as heroine Selene, has grossed over $220 million in domestic theaters and close to $500 million worldwide since debuting in 2003. The movies tell the tale of vampire Selene, who is also a Death Dealer. The revenge epic has been a huge hit with both vampire fans as well as the casual horror crowd. Wiseman, who has also been tabbed to direct the next entry in the Die Hard franchise, has been involved in all of the Underworld films thus far. He directed (and co-wrote) both Underworld (2003)and Underworld: Evolution (2006), and was credited as a producer on the other three. For the TV series adaptation, he will once again serve as Executive Producer.
A distributor for the Underworld television series is still being sought, but is being viewed as merely a formality. Sony’s television division Screen Gems will also be involved in the project, as it was with all of the movies.
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