Len Wiseman is here to assure you that not even Underworld: Blood Wars can put Selene and Co. in their graves for good. Wiseman first mentioned the possibility of an Underworld television series back in 2014. In 2016, during the filming of Blood Wars, he reaffirmed that a television series was still on the table.
Less Comics, More Horror?
In an interview with Deadline, Wiseman dropped some hints about what the series might look like:
The series will be a pretty big departure from the films. I don’t want to say it’s more adult, but it’s definitely less comic book in its tone and character.
Does this mean abandoning the bloated world-building of the past several films? Will the series refocus on its compelling characters? It seems unlikely that the television series will stray from the strongly-established aesthetic of the franchise. You know. The sleek black leather-n-latex Matrix look.
A TV Pedigree
Wiseman has had a hand in all five of the Underworld franchise films. He directed the first two, has writing credits on the first four, and is credited as a producer on all but Underworld (2003).
Wiseman’s horror credentials don’t end with Underworld. He directed the pilot episode of Fox’s Lucifer. In its third season, Lucifer is based on the seminal fantasy/horror comic book series by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg. He’s credited as executive producer on 31 episodes of the show. Wiseman’s television track record also includes Fox’s critically-praised Sleepy Hollow, which he created.
The Underworld television series has not yet found a network. Wiseman has indicated that the show would fit best on a premium cable channel or digital distribution service. Given the tenor of the film franchise, avoiding the constraints of network censors seems wise. After all, what is a Death Dealer without her latex suit and leather boots, and her ocean of blood to wade through?