Underworld 6: will it happen?

Inevitably every movie franchise reaches a point of diminishing returns, & not even necessarily due to poor creative choices or bomb installments (though Underworld certainly has both of those things). The problem for Underworld, và why even a legacy sequel down the line wouldn’t really work, is that every other major character who isn’t Selene (Kate Beckinsale) was only in a couple installments before dying or being sacrificed lớn the Budget Gods of the Bottom Line. As great as Kate Beckinsale was as Selene, and as great as Beckinsale continues khổng lồ be in other projects, Selene can’t be the be-all-end-all if Underworld is to lớn have a future. The way things were left in Underworld: Blood Wars, the underperforming fifth installment from 2017, there certainly could be more story with Selene, but letting things end is okay — especially in Hollywood, where finality is only a temporary state of being.

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As for how it came to lớn be a five-movie franchise (so far), that was all thanks to the collaboration of Beckinsale and director/ex-husband Len Wiseman. The trailer featuring Beckinsale’s Selene wearing that đen PVC catsuit và duster as she blows a hole in the floor around her lớn escape some werewolves undoubtedly peaked viewers' interest. It wasn’t entirely the supernatural angle that people embraced so much, either, but the seemingly rich world to get lost in. Accomplished British actors like Bill Nighy & Michael Sheen definitely brought more life to their characters than one might expect, plus obviously Beckinsale sold it all as the anchor at the center. Her first foray into being an action movie lead, far from her last, struck a chord with audiences enough that this R-rated kích hoạt movie with a crappy September release date proved to lớn be a solid performer. It wasn’t some runaway blockbuster, but Underworld's raking in of nearly 100 million worldwide on a budget of 22 million was enough to get working on another one.

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The sequel, Underworld: Evolution, did well enough at continuing the existing storylines already established in the first film, but the series’ tendency to kill off all the new characters by the end of the film they were introduced in really become a problem as Scott Speedman, Selene’s vampire/werewolf hybrid love interest — which manages to lớn be nowhere near as interesting as it sounds — decided he was done with the series. Beckinsale became the sole returning character, plus Speedman’s Michael wasn’t exactly written out at the over of the second film, so some kind of unsatisfying explanation for his offscreen departure was inevitable. There was a prequel, Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans, which bought some time with origin stories of a couple characters who were already dead (Sheen’s Lucian và Nighy’s Viktor among them), but then the fourth film dove back into Selene & her troubles. Only this time Michael was MIA, often just out of reach (and played by a body toàn thân double/CGI), & now Selene had a daughter.

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The return of Beckinsale khổng lồ the series after six years, plus the 3d boost, made Underworld: Awakening the highest grossing (and most expensive) of the Underworld series to date, so it probably seemed lượt thích things were going well. If the series had leaned into Selene’s relationship with her daughter, Eve (India Eisley), then maybe things could have been built up from there, except the fifth Underworld film didn't come out until five years later và by then her daughter had also disappeared. That leaves Theo James’ David và his father, Thomas (Charles Dance), as the only other connective tissue between the Underworld films. "Connective tissue" is really the best way lớn describe their characters, unfortunately, despite the inherent class that Dance can’t help but bring lớn anything. It was the lowest grossing of the Underworld series and effectively put an end to the franchise.

This is where a reboot could come in & perhaps mở cửa up the series khổng lồ a world beyond Selene và her direct relations. Not lớn besmirch Beckinsale, as there would be no Underworld series without her, but after several movies of her present, backstory, and implied future, it’s no disrespect lớn move on. It’s a whole world of vampires và werewolves, after all. Another change for the series might be to connect it lớn the real world in some way, as opposed to the anonymous & metallic xanh Cityburgs or Eastern European-esque woods settings (castles, too) which have mostly been the case so far. Maybe one or two of the surviving characters from the original five Underworld films could pop up at some point in a rebooted series, but there were so few khổng lồ work with by the ending of the fifth movie, & that’s kind of the problem that needs correcting in the first place. For Underworld to succeed, it should start anew — và then once things are on solid ground, perhaps re-integrate Selene’s daughter or, if handled correctly, even Beckinsale herself as more of an added-value element rather than a reason for seeing the movie.

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'Underworld's Mortality

Underworld, as a series, could also just be left as it is, but there has proven khổng lồ be enough blood in these veins, financially speaking, that an executive somewhere will see the potential in more. Vampires and werewolves are timeless movie monsters that could be dropped into any time or setting by a talented writer, & when things are made that much easier by a cinematic world already existing, then it’s only a matter of time. Maybe not this year và maybe not next year, but at some point the Underworld universe will be given a new shot at life. If not a film series, then maybe they could take a page from Chucky’s blood-soaked book và head khổng lồ TV (Blade also attempted a TV revival, once upon a time, but that series should be an example of what not to do). Whatever the medium, hopefully Selene and all her family business is left for the history books when that happens. It’s time for some fresh blood.