Len Wiseman breaks his silence on the anticipated Underworld TV series that many thought was lost
How many times have we asked ourselves if what is absent still exists. In the Underworld universe, those supernatural creatures of the night continue to lurk in the shadows, and no, we’re not talking about the film franchise. It’s time to look up, because Len Wiseman, director of the saga, breaks the silence.
Underworld: A future of fangs and silver bullets
If you’re wondering where that ad for a TV series based on Underworld went, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Fans have been on tenterhooks since the series was announced in 2016. Although the project seemed to have gone into deep dormancy, Len Wiseman has taken it upon himself to revive our hopes. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the director not only confirmed that the project is still alive, but he left us with a disturbing clue: “There is a future in Underworld, that’s for sure.”
In a later clarification, when asked specifically about the TV series, Wiseman responded: “That’s what I mean”. This comment shone a light in the darkness surrounding the project. Furthermore, the director added: “The series will be a big change from the movies. I don’t want to say it’s more adult, but it’s definitely less comic book in tone and characters.”
Connections to the film franchise? Or a new universe?
With five films starring Kate Beckinsale, the Underworld franchise has garnered a considerable cult following. Wiseman left in the air the possibility that the series is connected to the moviesalthough if we consider his statement that it will be a “big change”, it is likely that we are looking at a completely different universe.
Although the series is at an enigmatic stage in its development, it’s important to remember the impact Underworld has had on popular culture. Since its debut in 2003, this horror and action franchise has become a benchmark for combining genres. When comparing it with other sagas such as Blade or Resident Evil, there is a particular focus on mythology and the secret war between vampires and werewolves.
The horizon for Underworld fans
Now, with Wiseman’s confirmation, fans can expect something new and exciting. Perhaps we are about to immerse ourselves in a world with new rules, characters and plots, but with the essence that has kept this franchise in our hearts for almost two decades. Who knows? Maybe we’ll even see a special appearance by Kate Beckinsale, who with her role as Selene has become an icon of the genre.
Because if something has defined the Underworld saga, it has been the strong presence of Kate Beckinsale as Selene, a lethal and elegant vampire slayer. This British actress has won the hearts of fans, playing a role that has become iconic within the horror and action genre. However, with the new approach Len Wiseman seems to have in mind for the series, Beckinsale likely won’t have a starring role, although a guest appearance isn’t out of the question.
In the new series, the focus could move away from the character of Selene to address new corners of this universe so rich in mythology and conflict. This change would represent a challenge and an opportunity for creators. In the world of entertainment, reinvention often proves to be a double-edged sword: on the one hand, it offers a fresh perspective, but on the other, it risks alienating longtime fans.
However, if there is anyone capable of navigating these turbulent waters with skill, it is Len Wiseman. Will he be able to create a plot and characters that will captivate a new generation without losing the essence that has made Underworld a cult phenomenon? Only time will tell.