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You know that the werewolves versus vampires film Underworld has spawned three sequels, with a fourth, Underworld: Blood Wars, coming soon. But did you know that when director Len Wiseman was developing the first Underworld, he got too ambitious with his story? Eventually he realized that his screenplay was getting to dense for one film. Rather than condensing everything to fit into a single movie, he removed whole sections so that they could be used for future sequels. That’s just one of the blood-sucking facts featured in this new episode of You Think You Know Movies!
Like all movie franchises losing steam over time, the impressively enduring Underworld was bound for the TV treatment at some point or another. Producers did have in mind to craft a series back in 2012, to complement the fifth film due out later this year, and now Len Wiseman offers an update.
A couple of weeks ago we reported on a reboot of the 'Underworld' franchise, which delivered its fourth film -- 'Underworld: Awakening' -- in 2012. But it seems that news was only slightly premature as Lakeshore Entertainment is moving ahead with a sequel, not a reboot, and they're bringing back 'Awakening' star Theo James to reprise the role of vampire David for the fifth film.
Reboots have become an inevitable part of movies, and while we can pretty much understand rebooting franchises like 'The Mummy' or even giving Anne Rice's 'The Vampire Chronicles' another go, do we really need to reboot the 'Underworld' franchise so soon? Apparently we have our answer.