I guess it comes as no surprise to hear that a third Underworld movie is on the way. It seems that no one in Hollywood can let a trilogy opportunity go untouched. I actually didn’t mind the first one, and although I didn’t see the second, at least it involved all of the original players. Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans is going to be a prequel (couldn’t you tell by the word “Rise” in the title?), and neither director Len Wiseman nor his wife Kate Beckinsale are directly involved (although Wiseman is producing). Instead, creature FX artist/production designer Patrick Tatopoulos will be making his directorial debut, with Michael Sheen (Lucian), Bill Nighy (Viktor) and Rhona Mitra set to star.
The story will focus on Lucian’s role in the Lycan uprising over their Death Dealer masters, shifting the perspective of the series to the werewolves instead of the vampires. Danny McBride, who wrote the screenplay for the first two movies, has penned the script for this one as well. No release date has been set, but shooting will commence in January. Will this prequel manage to attract an audience without the presence of Kate Beckinsale? I can’t see it doing as well as the first two, but I’m guessing the series has enough fans at this point that it will still turn a profit. Personally, I can’t say I’m too interested however.