Way back in October 2014, original Underworld director Len Wiseman revealed that two different sequels to the hit vampires and werewolves franchise were being developed, along with a new TV series. Underworld 5 started production back in October, with Kate Beckinsale returning as Selene, alongside Theo James and Tobias Menzies, but we haven't heard any news about the TV series since that 2014 report. While promoting his new series Lucifer, debuting Monday, January 25, Len Wiseman revealed to Collider that the TV show is still being developed, but it isn't known when it may move forward.
"Yes, there's been a lot of conversations and even development on what that series would be. It's really appropriate for television, in terms of how those characters can really tie in, but also become something new. It's really an attractive space. I don't want to put a date on it because then that's going to be printed and it might not happen in that timeframe, but it is a thought."
Our original report from 2014 didn't offer any specific details on the TV show's plot, or if Kate Beckinsale would even return as Serene. The series would most likely center on the seemingly never-ending war between the werewolves, i.e. Lycans, and the vampires, but it isn't known at what point in the franchise timeline this show would be set. While it seems unlikely that Kate Beckinsale would headline the show, it certainly would be possible that she could come aboard for a guest star or cameo role.
Len Wiseman is producing Underworld 5, which has been given a October 21, 2016 release date. Tobias Menzies and Lara Pulver take on the respective roles of a formidable new Lycan leader and a fiercely ambitious Vampire. And Charles Dance again plays Vampire elder Thomas. Rounding out the film's stellar international cast are: James Faulkner, Peter Andersson, newcomer Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James and Daisy Head.
It isn't known if Len Wiseman is eyeing the Underworld series for a broadcast or cable network, but at this point, it seems too early in the development stages for that conversation. Still, Syfy has found success with movie-to-TV adaptations like 12 Monkeys and Dominion, so that could be a potential home. Do you hope to see an Underworld TV series?