With five movies under its belt, The Underworld franchise is one of the most enduring and financially successful horror franchises of the 21st Century. The films have a signature neo-noir aesthetic that appeals equally to Goths and Cyberpunks. All but the 3rdUnderworld movie (the prequel, Rise of the Lycans) are anchored by Kate Beckinsale as the vampiric “Death Dealer” Selene.
While the series seems to have peaked with 2016’s Underworld: Blood Wars failing to make the impact of previous installments, there’s still plenty of fuel in the tank for future chapters—just don’t expect Beckinsale to be back. In a recent interview with Variety (during which she mostly discussed Farming and Wonder Woman) she didn’t mince words when asked if she’d be down for another Underworld sequel:
“I wouldn’t return. I’ve done plenty of those.”
Len Wiseman wrote and produced all of the Underworld movies and directed the first two (Underworld in 2003 and Underworld: Evolution in 2006). At the time of this posting, there are no plans for another Underworld movie, but Hollywood isn’t known for abandoning its lucrative properties until they’ve been sucked completely dry. Whether future chapters will recast Selene or focus on a different character remains to be seen (or not).
Are you a fan of the Underworld franchise? What do you think of Kate Beckinsale’s announcement that she’s finished with the franchise? How would you feel if they recast Selene? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!