With a fourth “Underworld” entry already greenlit by the studio, the biggest question on everyone’s mind (or at least, everyone who thinks werewolves and vampires fighting in a gothic setting with dark-blue scenery is awesome, anyway) is whether either of the franchise’s two British heroines will return in the leading role. Will it be Kate Beckinsale once again, as rumored, or her replacement Rhona Mitra? According to this latest report, it might be neither. Or possibly both. Okay, so I made the last part up, but one can dream, can’t one?
What is a sure thing, though, is that a writer has been assigned to pen the fourth movie in former “The Shield” scribe John Hlavin. The writer has confirmed that “Underworld 4″ will not be a prequel like the previous entry, and he added this:
“It will satisfy old fans and excite new audiences, meaning that we don’t want to redo the first three movies, so steps are being taken to honor what fans have loved but at the same time introduce fresh elements.”
“Fresh elements” would seem to equal “no Kate Beckinsale”. The fact that it’s not a prequel would also seem to translate into “no Rhona Mitra”, as her character existed in the prequel, “Rise of the Lycans”, so it wouldn’t make sense (right?) to bring her into the present. Then again, this is a movie about vampires fighting werewolves, while the human population is clueless, so what’s sense got to do with it?
Besides the gritty cop drama, Hlavin has also written for “E-Ring” and “Daybreak”, and is currently penning “The Gunslinger” for Warner Bros. Len Wiseman, who directed the first two “Underworld” films and produced the third, will return to produce the fourth for Screen Gems.