Friday, October 26, 2007

And the wolves come out to play

Underworld 3, is ramping up to get going and a few details have started to surface. It is being called Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans. I betcha by the time it makes it to theaters they drop the 3. Anyhow, the film is in fact a prequel and will explore the beginnings of the age long feud between the vampires and werewolves (aka Lycans).

According to Variety the film "traces the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires known as Death Dealers and their onetime slaves, the Lycans. In the Dark Ages, a young Lycan named Lucian (Michael Sheen) emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor (Bill Nighy), the cruel vampire king who has enslaved them. Lucian is joined by his secret lover, Sonja (Rohna Mitra), in his battle against the Death Dealer army and his struggle for Lycan freedom."

It is also the first of the Underworld films to really center on the Lycan way of life. A good move if you ask me, as this just opens more territory to explore. Of course the film is being directed by neophyte director, and former VFX artist who designed the creatures for the first two films, Patrick Tatopoulos. But hey you've got to start somewhere, and I think this is a great opportunity. I am disappointed of course to see an Underworld film without Kate Beckinsale, but Michael Sheen is really a wonderful actor that I'm always glad to watch. And I think we can all agree he's much better than Scott Speedman.

I'm looking forward to see where they go with this film. I really enjoyed both of the Underworld films, and this one despite not being a direct sequel could be pretty fun. Underworld 3 goes into production January '08 in New Zealand.


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