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'Underworld 4' Lands Directing Duo Mans Marlind & Bjorn Stein

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November 15, 2010
Source: Heat Vision

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Along with actress Noomi Rapace (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), the work of author John Ajvide Lindqvist has been contributing to a sudden influx of Swedish talent in the American film industry. Now two more Swedes are making great strides as Heat Vision reports Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein, the directing team behind the horror thriller Shelter, are set to direct the next installment in the Underworld franchise. Back in September we found out that Kate Beckinsale would indeed be reprising her role as Lycan hunter Selene with a script (being kept under wraps) from John Hlavin with revisions by J. Michael Straczynski.

Still no mention of whether or not the sequel will leap into the 3D craze, but production is slate to start in March 2011 in Vancouver. Though Len Wiseman was once rumored to direct, he's only producing the next installment. Personally, I'm hoping that this will be Beckinsale's last sequel in the franchise, since I'm sure her talents would be better utilized in something other than genre flicks. There's even a good chance that she may only be taking a small role in the film to pass the torch to another lead female character. As for Marlind and Stein's direction, I have yet to see Shelter, so I'm not sure what to expect. What do you think?

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  • Jericho
    still don't care until a trailer pops up
  • Eli
    Okay so this is pretty timely. I just finished watching the first film for like the 8th time on friday and saturday. What made it so different this time around? It was on bluray and despite what critics might say, the fact that it was blu ray made the experience completely stunning for me. My cousin and I argued whether or not it was an extended cut at the makeout scene and it was extended. I won that one. So the first film suffered from bad placement of the interesting story (it was about vampires) and had way too much badly shot action sequences towards the end, save the final battle. The first film is still ranked as one of my favorite vamp/lycan flicks with very memorable but shallow characters. Also, I noticed that the dialogue was a little stale. I was ultimately sold with the gothic style of the vamps even though the cinematography was just a little off in some minor shots. The second film I can't comment on because I only saw it once when it came out but I do have it in my queue. The third I saw abou four months ago and while it was a little too dark for its own good, I liked having the backstory of the franchise play out in front of me. Am I anticipating another Underworld film? Heck yeah, but let's hope that these new directors can give us something a little more coherent and satisfying in terms of story delivery. They did do a horror film and it's not the turn this franchise needs. The story is what got to me in the beginning so let's hope that they can give us something slightly more satisfying that corrects the mistakes of the previous films. Underworld franchise is truly an underdog. It maintained a rather decent fanbase over the years, still I hoope it can conclude nicely in the next film.
  • Eli
    Oh and as for Kate, I truly hope that she does not pass the torch; her or michael in any way. They are a strong duo. I would not want to see the franchise be left open to a spin off or anything because Underworld is a pretty good franchise. That being said, no spin off or tv series would do it justice at all. It's already treading on thin ice with fans and critics alike I'm sure. the ending doesn't need to be morbid, but it should just be able to end.
  • nathen
    LEATHER, LEATHER, LEATHER
  • Crawfordjk2000
    Please let this be that last one not a torch passing to even more. The story is done don't kill it just end it please
  • Anonymous
     This looks pretty good. As long as the director isnt dumb enough to get into the latest fake 3d scam.
  • Texasbudlight
    dude Kate being replaced in this movie franchise would be wrong

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