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Underworld

Official logo of the series
Directed byLen Wiseman
(Underworld and Underworld: Evolution)
Patrick Tatopoulos
(Underworld: Rise of the Lycans)
Måns Mårlind
Björn Stein
(Underworld: Awakening)
Produced byTom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright, Len Wiseman, Skip Williamson, David Coatsworth
Written byDanny McBride, Kevin Grevioux, Dirk Blackman, Howard McCain, Len Wiseman, J. Michael Straczwinski, Allison Burnett, John Hlavin
StarringKate Beckinsale
Scott Speedman
Michael Sheen
Rhona Mitra
Bill Nighy
Music byPaul Haslinger, Marco Beltrami
CinematographyTony Pierce-Roberts, Simon Duggan, Ross Emery, Scott Kevan
Editing byMartin Hunter, Nicholas De Toth, Peter Amunson, Jeff McEvoy
Distributed byScreen Gems (2003–2012)
Release date(s)2003–present
CountryUnited States
United Kingdom
Canada
Hungary
LanguageEnglish
Budget$177,000,000
Box office$457,444,073
 
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Underworld

Official logo of the series
Directed byLen Wiseman
(Underworld and Underworld: Evolution)
Patrick Tatopoulos
(Underworld: Rise of the Lycans)
Måns Mårlind
Björn Stein
(Underworld: Awakening)
Produced byTom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright, Len Wiseman, Skip Williamson, David Coatsworth
Written byDanny McBride, Kevin Grevioux, Dirk Blackman, Howard McCain, Len Wiseman, J. Michael Straczwinski, Allison Burnett, John Hlavin
StarringKate Beckinsale
Scott Speedman
Michael Sheen
Rhona Mitra
Bill Nighy
Music byPaul Haslinger, Marco Beltrami
CinematographyTony Pierce-Roberts, Simon Duggan, Ross Emery, Scott Kevan
Editing byMartin Hunter, Nicholas De Toth, Peter Amunson, Jeff McEvoy
Distributed byScreen Gems (2003–2012)
Release date(s)2003–present
CountryUnited States
United Kingdom
Canada
Hungary
LanguageEnglish
Budget$177,000,000
Box office$457,444,073

Underworld is a series of actionhorror vampire/werewolf films directed by Len Wiseman, Patrick Tatopoulos, Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein. The first film, Underworld, was released in 2003, and the second film, Underworld: Evolution, in 2006. The third film, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, a prequel to the first film, was released on January 23, 2009. The fourth film, Underworld: Awakening, a sequel to the second film, was released on January 20, 2012.

Contents

Films

Underworld (2003)

Blu-ray cover art of Underworld: The Legacy Collection, which includes all four films.

Underworld tells the story of Selene (Kate Beckinsale), a Death Dealer bent on destroying the Lycans who allegedly killed her family. She discovers that the Lycans are pursuing a human, Michael Corvin, for experimentation; Selene captures Michael herself to find out what the Lycans are up to. Along the way, Selene not only discovers a mutinous plot to destroy the Vampire Elders, but also a shocking revelation about her father figure Elder, Viktor.

The vampires, werewolves, and Lycans (Lycans are the ones able to transition between human and wolf form), are not supernatural creatures, but rather the product of a virus.

It is revealed in the film that Alexander Corvinus is the first of the vampire and Lycan lines. He was the only survivor of a plague that wiped out his village. Somehow, his body was able to mutate the virus, mold it to his own benefit. He had three sons, two of whom inherited their father's immortality and were bitten, one by bat and one by wolf, creating the vampire and werewolf lines. Corvinus' third son, who did not inherit immortality, also carried the Corvinus Strain as an exact duplicate of the original virus, hidden away in his genetic code and passed along to his human descendants through the centuries. This, according to Singe, is the key to creating a hybrid.

Underworld: Evolution (2006)

In Underworld: Evolution, Selene takes Michael to a vampire safehouse and plans to return to Viktor's estate to awaken Marcus, the last Vampire Elder. Before she can return, Marcus confronts her, having been awakened by the blood of the Lycan scientist, Singe, after he was killed. Marcus does not seem keen to help Selene and wishes to steal her memories for information. While on the run from Marcus, Selene and Michael discover that Marcus is the first vampire, and that he plans to free his imprisoned brother, William, the first and most savage werewolf.

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (also known as Underworld 3) is a 2009 American film directed by Patrick Tatopoulos. It is the third installment (chronologically the first) in the Underworld series, focusing primarily on the origins of some characters and the events leading to the vampire–Lycan war, depicted in the previous films Underworld and Underworld: Evolution.

As shown in the film, the original werewolves were uncontrollable beasts, unable to retake human form once bitten. However, there was a single werewolf who gave birth to a human-looking child. This child carried a mutation of the original virus, permitting him to alternate between human and werewolf form. He was Lucian, dubbed by Viktor as "the first of the Lycans".

The vampires used the Lycans as slaves to be the guardians of their lairs during the daylight hours and labor during the night. However, Viktor's daughter, Sonja, and Lucian fell in love and she became pregnant. Lucian, the Lycan leader, led a revolt after Viktor killed Sonja to prevent the blending of the species. Later on, Kraven would strike an arrangement with Lucian, in which Lucian would fake his death to permit Kraven to advance, with the goal being the death of the vampire elders and the end of the war. However, that fell through due to mistrust and duplicity by both men.

Underworld: Awakening (2012)

A fourth film, Underworld: Awakening, shot in 3-D, was directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein and released on January 20, 2012.[1] Kate Beckinsale reprises her role as Selene[2] and screenwriter John Hlavin stated prior to the film's release that it will not be like any of the previous films.[3] Production began in March 2011 in Vancouver with Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, and Len Wiseman producing.[citation needed] On April 4, 2011, the title of the film was announced and the following plot synopsis was given:

Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species.[4]

Potential fifth film

Kate Beckinsale admitted to a possible fifth film stating, "if things go well for Awakening".[5]

Characters

Vampires

Their transformation is not nearly as startling as their Lycan counterparts. When they transform, their eyes turn a shade of electric blue or bright gold, while their canine teeth lengthen to become pointed fangs. At all times, the lateral incisors on all Vampires are elongated and come to a sharp point. Biologically immortal transgenics, the vampires of Underworld display most of the prominent superhuman physical prowess commonly seen in popular culture. They do not possess any of the mystical weaknesses of mythological vampires (crosses, holy water, garlic, stakes, etc.); however, they are highly vulnerable to ultraviolet radiation. In the post-production of the film, the pale pallor of the vampires was achieved via D.I.. As explained by Selene in the first Underworld film, a bite from both a Lycan and a Vampire is lethal, but Michael Corvin's heritage allows him to survive and become a combination of both species.

Amelia

Amelia is one of the three Vampire Elders in the Underworld series. She appeared briefly in Underworld and appeared in a flashback sequence in Underworld: Evolution. She is portrayed by Zita Görög. Amelia was likely bitten by the first vampire Marcus. She was turned in order to help control the chaos created by Marcus's brother William, the first werewolf. William's inability to change back into human form caused trouble amongst humans. William's rage could not be controlled. As the werewolf virus spread across the land, it turned people into werewolves or killed all in its path. Amelia had supported locking William within a coffin-like prison, in a remote place where Marcus could not find him. The capture of William would not have happened without Amelia's help. As one of the three Vampire Elders, alongside Marcus and Viktor, she allied with Viktor who sought to undermine Marcus' authority. She did not keep control during her last reign, allowing Lucian to work deals with Tanis for weapons to kill Vampires.

Andreas Tanis

Andreas Tanis is a character in the 2006 movie Underworld: Evolution and in the 2009 movie Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. He is portrayed by Steven Mackintosh. Tanis is a vampire of considerable age and is the official Coven Historian. However, 300 years prior to the events that occurred in the first Underworld movie, he had been accused of recording "malicious lies" about Viktor, one of the Coven Elders. For his trouble, he was exiled by Selene to an abandoned monastery. Three hundred years later, Selene would learn the truth about Viktor and realize that what Tanis had recorded years earlier was, in fact, true.

David

David is a character from the 2012 movie Underworld: Awakening. He is portrayed by Theo James. Although never trained as a Death Dealer, and in contrast with his father, David is not a coward and would fight when situations demanded it. Fascinated by Selene's past as a Death Dealer, he brought her back to the vampire coven with her hybrid daughter, Eve, in hope she would teach some of the members so that they could become what she used to be, as there are not any left within the coven. David died and was revived by Selene using her Immortal blood.

Erika

Erika is a character in the Underworld film series as well as in the novelization of the film.[6] She is a vampire seductress, a social-climbing courtier in Viktor's mansion, obsessed with rising through the ranks of the vampire aristocracy. Her position within the aristocracy is unclear, but she most recently began seeking the attentions of Kraven.

Kraven

Kraven is portrayed by actor Shane Brolly. The name Kraven is a derivation of the English word "craven" meaning coward, a reference to Kraven's spineless nature. Kraven is a long-time suitor of Selene, a Death Dealer. Kraven fancies himself to a relationship with Selene, even though she has fallen for Michael Corvin. Kraven once shot Michael multiple times with silver nitrate, nearly killing him; but, Selene bites Michael. Kraven was so obsessed with Selene that the more she refused, the more he wanted her. Kraven almost murders Marcus in slumber, but surprisingly, Marcus wakes and attacks Kraven and his men. Marcus bit Kraven and obtained his memories, Marcus stopped before Kraven dies of blood loss. Marcus ignores Kraven's request to assist him, instead beheading him, thereby killing Kraven.

Marcus Corvinus

Marcus Corvinus is the first vampire in the Underworld series. He is portrayed by Tony Curran. Marcus also appears in the novelization of the sequel.[7] Born sometime in the 5th century; Marcus was one of three sons of Helena and Alexander Corvinus, the first immortal, he was the twin brother of William Corvinus. He, along with William, inherited the immortality strain in its active form from their father. Together, Marcus and William both shared a bond as twins that Alexander never truly saw. Marcus was later bitten by a bat, thus making him the progenitor of what would become the Vampire species, (his twin, William, was bitten by a wolf); and while William went on to ravage the countryside of Hungary, infecting the populace with his highly infectious lycanthropy virus. In order to combat the growing werewolf threat Marcus approached Viktor, a dying warlord, to utilize his military genius and army (who became the Death Dealers) in exchange for immortality. Viktor accepted and became one of the Vampire Elders.

Selene

Selene is a fictional character from the Underworld film series. She is a protagonist of the films Underworld, Underworld: Evolution and Underworld: Awakening. Her lover is Michael Corvin, and together they now have a daughter, named Eve. Selene is portrayed by Kate Beckinsale, and by Beckinsale's daughter, Lily Mo Sheen, in Underworld: Evolution[8] in flashback scenes as a child. Her stunt double for the first two movies was Nicole Randall, and Alicia Vela-Bailey in Awakening. In Underworld: Endless War, Selene is voiced by Canadian voice actress, Laura Harris. Selene was created by Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman, and Danny McBride. According to Kevin Grevioux, Selene is based loosely off of the Marvel Comics character of the same name.[9]

Sonja

Sonja is the daughter of the vampire elder Victor, introduced by flashback, in Underworld. The character is heavily featured in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, and is played by Rhona Mitra.[10] She fell in love with the lycan slave, Lucian, despite knowing her father would disapprove. Without Victor's knowledge or blessing, she eventually married Lucian in secret, and became pregnant with his child. For breaking the Covenant, Victor executed her and her unborn child by exposure to sunlight, and her husband was forced to watch. He viewed the child as an abomination and was acting to protect the vampire line's purity, although Sonja's death haunted him for the rest of his life. His guilt over this led him to spare Selene, who bore an uncanny resemblance to Sonja, from the slaughter of the rest of her family. Sonja wore a pendant, which was given to her by her father. After her death, Lucian took that pendant as a keepsake of his beloved wife. This pendant proved to be vitally important to the events that unfolded in Underworld: Evolution. Her death started the war between vampires and Lycans that lasted for centuries afterward.

Soren

Soren, having a surprising lack of personal ambition for a vampire, was Kraven's janissary, and, being two of a kind, he was the rival/vampire counterpart of Raze before their deaths. He is played by Scott McElroy. Soren appears predominantly in the first film installment of Underworld, but is also referenced in the novelization of the sequel[11] and also appearing in the comic book prequel,[12] Not much is revealed about Soren's past; rumors surrounding him say that he is almost as old as Viktor himself (and was probably bitten by the Vampire Elder), Soren was originally Viktor's bodyguard, a position he may have held since before either were vampires. Later, he served as the head torturer in Viktor's employ. He proved to be very skilled in taming Lycan slaves with silver-edged whips, and even used them on Lucian at Viktor's request prior to Sonja's execution.

In the non-cannon novel, Underworld: Blood Enemy, Soren lost his position in Viktor's good graces after he left Viktor's daughter Sonja, whom he was charged to protect, alone during an ambush by mortals who were hateful of vampires. He also remained ignorant of the fact that Sonja was in love with the Lycan Lucian until he was informed by a Lycan woman who had been obsessed with Lucian and resented him falling for Sonja. Soren informed Viktor, who then executed his daughter. Viktor blamed Soren for not protecting her.

Thomas

Thomas is one of the surviving Vampire Elders in Underworld: Awakening and the father of David. He does not trust Selene and openly discriminates against her daughter, Eve, who is a Hybrid. In contrast with his son, Thomas is a coward and ordered the coven to flee rather than fight, leaving David as de facto leader because of his demonstration of courage and intelligence, despite Thomas' status as an Elder. His arrogance made him fail to realize the necessity of Selene's presence or what she has become, until she used her blood to revive David from the critical injuries he received from Lycans. He is portrayed by Charles Dance.

Viktor

Viktor is a Vampire Elder. He is portrayed by Bill Nighy. Viktor was a Hungarian general and warlord born sometime in the 4th or early 5th century. As he was nearing the end of his life, Marcus Corvinus, the first true Vampire, offered immortality in exchange for Viktor's military expertise and army in fighting against the Werewolves, spawn of Marcus' own twin brother, William. When Marcus converted Viktor, the general became a Vampire Elder. The Death Dealers were created from Viktor's army. Viktor is a ruthless Vampire Elder, overpowering the original Vampire, Marcus, into submission. Viktor was the most powerful Vampire ever to have lived mostly because he had more experiences and of his manipulation and cunning far surpassed the other Elders. Viktor is the seconded oldest immortal. Viktor also serves as the main antagonist of the first Underworld series.

Lycans

In the Underworld films, like their vampire-counterparts, they are biologically immortal transgenics. Lycans display a number of greatly enhanced physical attributes. While in their Lycan form, they possess enhanced strength, reflexes, coordination, speed, agility, endurance and regenerative abilities superior to that of most vampires, and are able to crawl across walls with great ease and speed. They also have equal or greater physical abilities to Vampires in their human forms. Their bite releases the Lycan virus, which can aggressively overtake a normal human's physiology, causing them to become a Lycan as well. As explained by Selene in the first Underworld film though, a bite from both a Lycan and a Vampire is lethal, but Michael's heritage allows him to survive and become a combination of both species.

Lucian

Lucian is a fictional character from Underworld and the novelization of the film. He was the very first of the second-generation Lycans. He was the leader of the Lycan horde in the movie Underworld and is the main protagonist of its prequel Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. He is portrayed by actor Michael Sheen. Lucian was born the son of a captured female werewolf, who was killed when Lucian was a newborn. He was branded with Viktor's mark signifying that he was put into slavery under one of Viktor's early reigns. Being born of two werewolves, he was a pure-blood Lycan. Lucian was once a Lycan servant to Viktor's clan. His relationship with Sonja began when they grew up and it was eventually revealed later that Sonja was pregnant with his child, making their child a Lycan–Vampire hybrid; but, Sonja was executed, preventing the birth of the child.

Raze

Razahir "Raze" Khemse is a fictional character from Underworld and the novelization of the film.[13] He is an older Lycan who is the right hand man of the Lycan leader Lucian. He is played by Kevin Grevioux.[14] Raze, whose full name is Razahir Khemse, was born in Sudan in East Africa during the 14th century. Raze was the son of a powerful Sultan but his family's lands were taken during a period of wars that spread into Africa. He was forced into slavery and taken to Hungary to be given as payment to Viktor the Vampire Elder.

William Corvinus

William Corvinus is the first and only Lycan Elder in the Underworld series. Portrayed only in his transformed state, he is played by Brian Steele, but prior to his being a werewolf, he would have been identical in looks to his brother, Marcus. Born sometime in the 5th century, William was one of three sons of Helena and Alexander Corvinus, the first immortal, and the twin brother of Marcus Corvinus. He, along with Marcus, inherited the immortality strain in its active form from their father. Marcus and William both shared a bond as twins that Alexander never truly saw. William was later bitten by a wolf, thus making him the progenitor of what would become the Lycan species, (his twin, Marcus, was bitten by a bat). Unlike most later Lycans, his fur was white. William was unable to transform back into human form and had little more than ferocious savagery, nor is he ever shown in human form in any of the films. His lycanthropy virus was much more potent than Marcus' vampire virus, even allowing dead victims to transform. William went on to ravage the countryside of Hungary, infecting the populace with his highly infectious lycanthropy virus. In order to combat the growing lycan threat Marcus approached Viktor, a dying warlord, to utilize his military genius and army (who became the Death Dealers) in exchange for immortality. Later, William was successfully captured and contained by the combined forces of Marcus, Amelia & Viktor.

Dr. Jacob Lane

A ruthless and amoral Lycan, he betrayed his own coven and reveals the existences of both Vampire and Lycan races so he can covertly experiment on both in order to create a new and powerful Lycan race by heading the research company Antigen, in hope of domination over human, vampire, and werewolf races. He is portrayed by Stephen Rea.

Quint Lane

Son of Dr. Jacob Lane, who is as corrupt as his father. After the public discovered him as a werewolf, his father faked his death in order to continue his experiments upon him. He becomes a fearsome and powerful Lycan, larger and stronger and has the ability to rapidly heal and is immune to silver, and is sometimes called a 'super-lycan'. He is portrayed by Kris Holden-Ried.

House of Corvinus

Alexander Corvinus

Alexander Corvinus (Hungarian: Corvin Sándor) is a fictional character from the film and novel Underworld: Evolution.[15] He is the first true Immortal in the Underworld movies and is the father of Marcus Corvinus and William Corvinus, as well as an ancestor of Michael Corvin, who is a descendant of Corvinus's third and mortal son. He is portrayed by Derek Jacobi.[16]

Alexander was a Hungarian warlord who lived in the early 5th century. He ascended to power just in time to watch his village ravaged by an unknown plague. Alexander was the only survivor of the plague. His body had adapted to the virus, and through some unknown means consequently made him immortal.

Years later, with his wife Helena, he fathered three children, two of whom inherited the immortal strain in its active form: twin brothers Markus and William. Markus was bitten by a bat and became the first vampire. William was bitten by a wolf and became the first werewolf. William became a savage beast that was unable to ever assume human form again, something Alexander attributed to his uncontrollable rage. Only Alexander's third son (who inherited the immortal strain in its inactive form) remained a mortal human. Markus and his vampire army (led by Viktor) captured his brother William and locked him in a secret prison for over 500 years, the location of which was kept from Markus. When Viktor ordered his vampire daughter executed for becoming pregnant by a Lycan, he inadvertently touched off a centuries long war between lycans and vampires. Alexander chose to keep the war contained from ever spilling into the mortal realm. He hired humans to clean up after the battles and to help conceal their existence from the normal human population. Alexander states in Underworld: Evolution that he believes he and his sons were oddities of nature, and that the world is not theirs to conquer but belongs to the humans.

At the time of Underworld: Evolution, Alexander was operating under the alias of Lorenz Macaro, and ran his operation from the ship "Sancta Helena". He meets with Selene and Michael, who beg his help to destroy Marcus and William. He reveals that no matter what they have become, he cannot help Selene and Michael against them, for they are his own sons. Alexander has come into possession of Viktor's body (and Viktor's half of the prison key that holds William Corvinus). Alexander is visited by Markus, who impales him with his wing talon, takes Viktor's half of the key and leaves him for dead.

As Alexander lay dying, he calls Selene to him to drink some of his pure immortal blood. The blood, he tells her, will make her "the future" and is her only hope of being strong enough to destroy the Corvinus brothers. After Selene and Michael leave, Alexander detonates a case of explosives on his ship, obliterating it in the harbor.

Michael Corvin

The second protagonist. Bitten first by Lucian, and later by Selene, Michael became a Lycan-dominant Lycan/Vampire Hybrid. Counting the unborn child of Lucian & Sonja, Michael is the second Lycan/Vampire Hybrid from the mythos and the second protagonist. In Underworld: Awakening, he was labeled 'Subject 0'.

Eve/Subject Two

Eve is the three-way hybrid daughter of Selene and Michael Corvin, through whom she is a descendant of Alexander Corvinus. In Underworld: Awakening, she tells Selene that her name is Subject 2. She was born without her parents' knowledge during their 12-year captivity in Antigen. The scientists in the facility told her that her parents were dead. After her escape, Selene discovers that she had given birth to Eve during her unconscious state. Being pursued by both humans and Lycans because of her unique origin, and despite Selene's attempts to shield her from the dangers around them. She is portrayed by India Eisley. Although never referred to as "Eve" in the film, the credits listed India Eisley's character as "Eve" rather than "Subject 2."

Appearances

UnderworldUnderworld:
Evolution
Underworld:
Rise of the Lycans
Underworld:
Awakening
SeleneKate BeckinsaleKate Beckinsale (voice and archive footage)Kate Beckinsale
ViktorBill NighyBill Nighy (archive footage only)
LucianMichael SheenMichael Sheen (archive footage only)Michael SheenMichael Sheen (archive footage only)
KravenShane BrollyShane Brolly (voice only)Shane Brolly (archive footage only)
Michael CorvinScott Speedman Scott Speedman (archive footage only)
ErikaSophia Myles 
RazeKevin Grevioux Kevin Grevioux 
AmeliaZita Görög  Mentioned 
SorenScott McElroy Scott McElroy (archive footage only)
SonjaJázmin Dammak Rhona Mitra 
KahnRobbie Gee 
SingeErwin Leder 
Andreas Tanis Steven Mackintosh 
Marcus Corvinus  MentionedTony Curran  MentionedTony Curran (archive footage only)
Alexander Corvinus  MentionedDerek Jacobi   Mentioned
William Corvinus Brian Steele Brian Steele (archive footage only)
Lida Sandrine Holt
Detective Sebastian Michael Ealy
Eve/Subject Two India Eisley
Thomas Charles Dance
David Theo James

Development

In September 2003, shortly after the release of Underworld, production companies Screen Gems and Lakeshore planned to release a prequel as the third film following Underworld's sequel, Underworld: Evolution. Kate Beckinsale, who portrayed Selene in Underworld, expressed interest in reprising her role for the sequel and the prequel.[17]

In December 2005, Underworld: Evolution director Len Wiseman explained that the Underworld franchise was originally conceived as a trilogy. Wiseman said: "We sort of mapped out an entire history and story... a massive collection of ideas and stories that we're putting out at certain times." Wiseman anticipated creating a third installment for the franchise based on the audiences' reception of Underworld: Evolution, which would be released the following month.[18]

In a June 2006 interview, Wiseman said, "The third film is going to be a prequel. It will be the origin story and we find out things we didn't know about Lucian; he'll have a much bigger part in it. It will be about the creation [of the races] and what started the war. It will be a period piece. The movie will also focus for the first time through the Lycans' point of view." The director also shared, "In terms of the writing, a lot of the writing has been done. We've been developing Underworld 3 for a while. I won't be directing Underworld: Rise of the Lycans; I'm just going to be producing and writing." When asked if Kate Beckinsale would reprise her role as Selene in the prequel, Wiseman said, "It will be in the time period before, but it will overlap into the creation of her as well. We're in the process of seeing how far we go with that."[19] The following October, actor Michael Sheen, who portrays Lucian in the film series, expressed interest in being part of the prequel.[20]

The Hollywood Reporter announced that the film would be written by Danny McBride and mark the directorial début of Patrick Tatopoulos, who designed the creature effects for all three Underworld films. Len Wiseman would produce, and contribute to the writing of this film, but would not direct, nor would Kate Beckinsale reprise her lead role of Selene nor would Scott Speedman reprise his role of Michael. In late September 2007, Outlander scribes Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain were brought on board and delivered a draft on November 3, mere days before the Writers Strike of 2007.[21] Pre-production began shortly thereafter.

"It's like putting your wedding dress on, or putting your school uniform on, it's like a time-warp feeling."

Kate Beckinsale, about her return as Selene.[22]

The prequel film was shot in Auckland, New Zealand and in Roxboro, North Carolina. There is a brief pickup shot of Tenaya Lake in Yosemite National Park as well.

Filming for Underworld: Awakening began in March 2011 at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Underworld: Awakening is the first movie to be shot using RED EPIC digital cameras in 3D.[22]

Reception

Box office performance

FilmRelease dateBox office revenueBudgetReference
Domestic (U.S. & Canada)InternationalWorldwide
UnderworldSeptember 19, 2003$51,970,690$43,737,767$95,708,457$22,000,000[23]
Underworld: EvolutionJanuary 20, 2006$62,318,875$49,021,926$111,340,801$50,000,000[24]
Underworld: Rise of the LycansJanuary 23, 2009$45,802,315$45,551,186$91,353,501$35,000,000[25]
Underworld: AwakeningJanuary 20, 2012$62,321,039$96,720,275$159,041,314$70,000,000[26]
Total gross revenue$222,412,919$235,031,154$457,444,073$177,000,000

Critical reaction

FilmRotten TomatoesMetacritic
OverallCream of the Crop
Underworld31% (157 reviews)[27]9% (11 reviews)[28]42 (34 reviews)[29]
Underworld: Evolution16% (101 reviews)[30]11% (9 reviews)[31]36 (21 reviews)[32]
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans30% (77 reviews)[33]33% (9 reviews)[34]44 (14 reviews)[35]
Underworld: Awakening27% (66 reviews)[36]63% (8 reviews)[37]39 (17 reviews)[38]

In other media

There have been various spin-offs and tie-ins in a range of other media.

IDW Publishing has published a number of Underworld comics, most recently announcing that Kevin Grevioux would write the adaptation of Rise of the Lycans, Which has been published and released since 2009.[39]

In addition to the novelizations of Underworld, Underworld: Evolution and an original novel written by Greg Cox, published by Pocket Star Books in 2004 titled, Underworld: Blood Enemy, In September 2003, Sony contracted with Black Widow Games for the production of Underworld: Bloodline (a Half Life mod).[40]

An action video game based on the first film entitled Underworld: The Eternal War was scheduled for release on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles in 2004, but it only saw release for the PlayStation 2 in Europe, and was cancelled in all other regions.[41]

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