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Underworld 2 Updated:
Thursday 26th February 2004: Underworld 2 Update:
Gareth has been in touch with the following quote from Kevin Grevioux about Underworld 2 "Nah. It's not starting in the fall. Just a rumor. Unless they're purposely keeping it from me! J Len is working on another project."
Wednesday 25th February 2004: Underworld 2 Update:
Screen Gems has announced that filming on Underworld 2 will start this Autumn. The sequel will be produced by Screen Gems and Lakeshore Entertainment. Returning for the sequel are director Len Wiseman, star Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman. The script is currently being worked on by Danny McBride.
Monday 10th November 2003: Underworld 2 Update:
Moviehole talked to "Underworld" Director Len Wiseman to promote the film's Australian release in January.To further substantiate that Underworld is indeed his idea, writer Len Wiseman says the first is going to be one of three he'll write in a series. "I'm actually on the way to another writer's house right now to write the sequel." And what can expect this time around? "This time we can expect more history about the vampires and the werewolves, which we weren't able to do in the first one. There's going to be a bit of actual battle in the medieval times between the werewolves and vampires, with like army-clad vampires on horses, kinda like Braveheart. It'll play out a bit like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where the first ten to fifteen minutes of the film will be a prequel. We're going to really dive into the dark ages, and then centre some more on the modern day. We will have a lot of the same cast, but also new cast too. It's in early development, so of course we have no idea whom, but yeah, some new people will be involved Marcus of course will be in the sequel".
Thursday 2nd October 2003: Underworld 2 Update:
Writer Kevin Grevioux has talked about Underworld 2 in an interview that can be found here. Click Here
Monday 29th September 2003: Underworld 2 Update:
Len Wiseman has been talking about Underworld 2 "
"There's actually a sequel and a prequel that was mapped out when we sold this film. [Co-writer] Danny McBride and myself - there was so much that we wanted to tell in this story that it was getting a bit confusing for us to map out all the history and the wars. We said, 'You know what? Let's map out a long story that would maybe span out three films and let's then be able to tell our film in the middle.' But we had to kind of map out the whole thing to get to the point where we are now because it does have a lot of layers in it. But we do want to tell a lot of that back story and I'm obsessed with going back to the Dark Ages and showing the war when it was legions of werewolves fighting an army of vampires on horseback, invading their castle. I think that would be insane visuals! So that's a bit of what the sequel is. We are already in the deal for the sequel and the studio's incredibly excited about it. I think the 15 minutes [of the sequel] will be a prequel for the sequel, much like an 'Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade' type of situation. We all had a really good time, the actors and myself, that Kate and Scott are all for it."
Thursday 25th September 2003: Underworld 2 & 3 Update:
Underworld is set to become a trilogy. Screen Gems has made a deal for Danny
McBride and Len Wiseman to write a sequel to the vampire and werewolf
thriller, which Wiseman has said he would again direct. Screen Gems and
Lakeshore hope to put the second film into production as soon as possible. A
third film, a prequel, could follow. No deal is in place for star Kate
Beckinsale, although she has expressed an interest in reprising her role.
Date: August 31, 2004
Producer Tom Rosenberg gave us a status report on the sequel to Underworld, which goes into production soon and may have a different title. ďWe start in November,Ē Rosenberg said. ďWe may call it something else. Weíll probably call it something with Underworld 2 [but] itís Underworld 2.Ē
With the recent directorís cut of Underworld expanding the filmís mythology, Rosenberg promises that those fans will get more out of the sequel, while casual fans will still be able to follow the story. ďI think the real intense followers of the whole saga will really, really love the second one. Itís very intricate. It gives Seleneís history, Viktorís history and then of course now Marcus is going to come out of the crypt. So itís really cool. Iím excited about it.Ē
Of course, the action will have to evolve in the sequel. ďItís much bigger action but still, we have to keep the coolness of it and not let the action overwhelm it. I like the whole world thatís created and you have to stay within that world. I donít want to jam mindless nonstop action at the audience and this is going to still be story driven. But weíre going to have cool sequences and some bigger action, but if you do that on a sequel, and thatís what often happens, whatís the point? This story is better. This story is more intricate and more interesting. Thatís what I really like about it.Ē
Rosenberg also acknowledged that the success of the original allowed for one major difference on the sequel. ďWell, it allowed all the actors to get paid more. Those are the chief beneficiaries of the success of it.Ē