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‘Underworld’ TV Adaptation in Development

Len Wiseman and his production company Sketch Films are developing a TV adaptation Wiseman’s Underworld film franchise.


Underworld is an incredibly popular vampire franchise and will certainly benefit from a TV adaptation. Although popular, and financially successful, the movies suffered from a convoluted story and world building. The Underworld universe is so vast and full of potential, it is baffling that a TV series was not developed sooner.

“Wiseman has been involved in all five movies in the Underworld franchise, which he helped launch — he co-wrote and directed the first two and produced the remaining three. Wiseman will executive produce the potential TV series via his Sketch Films with Lakeshore Entertainment’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Eric Reid. (Lakeshore produced the Underworld movies, with the company’s Rosenberg and Lucchesi serving as producers on all of them). The TV division of Sony, whose Screen Gems unit distributed the features, also is involved in the project.”

The Underworld franchise began in 2003, following Selene (Kate Beckinsale) a vampire Death Dealer. She killed Lycans (werewolves) for revenge, but things drastically change when she meets Michael (Scott Speedman), a man who has peaked the interest of both Lycans and Vampires.

Wiseman serves as the executive producer for Marvel Fox’s The Gifted, and directed the second episode. He has worked on various television shows, and directed many pilots. He recently co-created Fox’s Lucifer which was a surprise hit. Wiseman has firmly established himself in the television sphere, and it makes sense that he would bring his baby with him. There is certainly space for a supernatural show thats follows the epic battle between vampires and werewolves, and Underworld carries name recognition that will certainly draw in an audience. Let’s hope for the best, because this franchise is certainly one that will not die anytime soon.

Source: Deadline.


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