A Fourth Installment of Underworld is Apparently Necessary
by Ethan Anderton
November 20, 2009
After the gorgeous Kate Beckinsale decided not to return for the third installment of even more vampire / werewolf battles in the Underworld series, I thought that it'd at least become a straight-to-DVD franchise, if not fall into oblivion. But apparently Beckinsale's replacement Rhona Mitra got the job done to the tune of $91 million internationally, so the series will continue as THR's Heat Vision announces that John Hlavin (writer for the FX series "The Shield") will take on scripting responsibilities for a fourth installment of the franchise, but neither Mitra nor Beckinsale are attached, and the project is still in need of a director.
Hlavin wouldn't give up any plot details, but he did say "I can tell you it's not a prequel. It will satisfy old fans and excite new audiences, meaning that we don't want to redo the first three movies, so steps are being taken to honor what fans have loved but at the same time introduce fresh elements." That's Hollywood talk for, we're trying to figure out how to make the most money and convince audiences they're not watching a recycled movie they saw six years ago all over again. Let's not forget this new one is supposed to be shot in 3D as well. Sony is hoping to have this ready be January 2011. Are you still interested in Underworld?