Underworld 3 not the last sequel?
During a press junket for Untraceable Tom Rosenberg, the head of Lakeshore Entertainment, revealed a little about Underworld 3: The Rise of the Lycans, and delivered the earth shattering blow that it looks like it won't be the last in the series.
Not only that but he did confirm it's a theatrical release and not a direct to DVD.
According to his comments through Collider and Rope of Silicon he said:
"It's a theatrical release definitely. I feel great about that. I think it's the strongest story that we've put together of the three. I think it's really terrific. I think it leads to a 4th. When we did the 1st Underworld, we imagined three--the 1st one, a sequel and then a prequel. The 3rd is a prequel, so the 4th would carry on where Kate and Scott Speedman left off after 2, so I think this is going to be terrific really this one."
Now that is interesting, the possibility of a fourth? Well perhaps a fourth could be setting the place for a franchise opportunity that leads off from the second and continues on and on. However that really isn't too dependent on the third film since it's a prequel.
To be honest I don't think that's a bad thing, the franchise is pretty enjoyable and has some really nice touches to it, but the quality would have to keep up. That's something that is happening with the third as we see Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Rhona Mitra and Shane Brolly starring with Patrick Tatopoulos directing.
Underworld 3: The Rise of the Lycans sees the Lycans (Werewolves) as the slaves of the race of Vampires (Death Dealers), but the Lycans gather around a new and powerful leader played by Michael Sheen, a creature who raises them up against the Death Dealers and their leader played by Bill Nighy.
I still think there's places for this franchise to go, but the quality has to remain.