Everyone's favorite hero vampire, Selene, is returning for another installment in the Underworld franchise — Underworld 5: Next Generation.
The news broke last year that there were plans to continue the franchise, which started off with 2003's Underworld, followed by Underworld: Evolution (2006), Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009) and Underworld: Awakenings (2012).
The four films grossed over $485 million dollars world-wide, so it wasn't a shock that an Underworld 5 was being planned— but was it going to be a sequel or reboot?
With no firm commitment from the series star, Kate Beckinsale, producers were toying with the idea of rebooting the franchise. However, when Beckinsale agreed to return, the reboot plans quickly went away and it was announced that there would indeed be a chapter five.
Filming for UNG began shooting a few days ago in the Czech Republic, and will be a ten-week shoot. New series director Anna Foerster will be taking the helm, working from a script by Cory Goodman (The Last Witch Hunter, Priest). Although this will be Foerster's first time at bat as a feature director (she's directed TV), she is widely known for her work as cinematographer on films such as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and White House Down.
As for the script, the producers are keeping things mum for now, but it's not hard to guess, given the title of the film, that the old guard will be passing the baton off to the 'next generation'. Seems logical, right? However, just a few days ago, the producers have teased that Beckinsale will return for a sixth installment— My guess is that she'll return only if the movie is successful at the box office, and the money they offer her is right.
According to IMDb, the plot centers around Beckinsale's Selene, who is forced to lead a battle against the humans, when human forces set in motion a plan to eradicate both werewolves (lycans) and vampires.
Rounding out the cast is Theo James (Bedlam), reprising his role as David, from Underworld: Awakening. Tobias Menzies (“Outlander”, “Rome”) as the new Lycan leader, and Lara Pulver (“Sherlock”) as a new vampire rival of Selene's. Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) is also back, playing Vampire elder Thomas.
Underworld: Next Generation is set to hit theaters, October 21st, 2016.