Die archivierten Nachrichten aus der Rubrik "Aktuelles"...
Bei STYD gibt es einen "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" TV-Spot...
Bei IGN gibt es ein weiteres "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans"-Poster...
Bei UGO gibt es ein neues "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans"-Poster...
Die Offizielle Website bietet neues Material zu "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans", ein paar Bilder gibt es auch bei IESB...
STYD zeigt ein "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans"-Poster...
CS! sprach mit Kate Beckinsale...
[...] we asked whether she would have interest in returning as Selene for another movie continuing her story. She did think they might continue the series beyond the upcoming prequel, but she wasn't sure if she'd continue doing them.
"I think they're still going, they probably will. I'm not sure I will," she told us. "I feel like I've played that character enough times that I don't think I'd be excited to play the same character again. It's a weird experience. I've never done that before, you're playing the same character in two movies, and after two, I feel like I'm kind of done with that." [...]
Der "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" Trailer ist online !!!
Capone von AICN sprach mit Bill Nighy...
Capone von AICN sprach mit Rhona Mitra...
Bei STYD gibt es ein Interview mit Patrick Tatopoulos und Rhona Mitra...
STYD sprach mit Bill Nighy über das Prequel "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans"...
Collider sprach mit dem Produzenten Tom Rosenberg, u.a. über "Underworld 3"... Vorsicht SPOILER !!!
Q: [...] It’s interesting you talking about trilogies and at what point did you decide to go with straight to videos as opposed to theatrical releases. You’ve got Underworld 3 for instance coming out, is that a theatrical release and how do you go about...?
Tom: 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. [...]
Q: I understand the "Underworld" prequel focuses on Michael Sheen’s character. Can you talk about?
Tom: And Bill Nye.
Q: And Bill Nye. Can you talk about giving these characters like leading storylines for a 3rd film?
Tom: Well, this is really... remember in the first one Michael Sheen’s wife Sonia was killed by Bill Nye - by Victor and that was his daughter. That was the back-story for Michael Sheen. Obviously this is how they meet and Michael Sheen becomes the leader of the werewolves. This is told from the werewolf’s perspective, not the vampire’s. It’s their story and their battle with Victor.
Q: Is it a similar style of action or has that changed up a little too?
Tom: No, it’s similar. Now we’re going back. It’s a prequel. It’s more like the flashback scenes in 2. [...]
Betting on the success of the first two "Underworld" films, Sony's Screen Gems and Lakeshore Entertainment are teaming for a third installment in the series with the prequel "Underworld 3: The Rise of the Lycans."
Patrick Tatopoulos, who created the creature effects for the first two "Underworld" films, will make his directorial debut with this one, which starts production in January in Auckland, New Zealand.
"Underworld" creator Len Wiseman, who directed the first two films, will produce with Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Skip Williamson. Scott Strauss is overseeing for Screen Gems.
Screen Gems will distribute in North America, with Sony Pictures and Lakeshore distributing worldwide.
Danny McBride, who co-wrote the first two "Underworld" screenplays with Wiseman, penned the third script.
The prequel is set in the Dark Ages and traces the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires and their one-time werewolf slaves, the Lycans.
Michael Sheen will reprise his role of Lycan master Lucian. Bill Nighy also will return as vampire elder Viktor. Rhona Mitra ("The Number 23") is joining the cast as Viktor's daughter and secret lover to Lucian.
Kate Beckinsale, who starred in the first two films, will not be in the prequel.
"For the first time, we will experience the Underworld universe through the eyes of the Lycans," Wiseman said. "Patrick has always played such an essential part in helping to create 'Underworld' from the start. We have a terrific working relationship and a shared vision of the world and its characters, so I feel it is both exciting and fitting that Patrick now takes the helm on 'Rise of the Lycans.' "
Wiseman and Tatopoulos also collaborated on "Live Free or Die Hard." Tatopoulos' credits include "The Chronicles of Riddick," "Van Helsing" and "Resident Evil: Extinction."
The first two "Underworld" films grossed more than $200 million combined worldwide. [...]
Die NZ Film and Video Technicians' Guild meldet...
Format: Feature Film
Dates: January - March 2008
Production Co: UW3 Film Productions Ltd [...]
CS! sprach mit dem Produzenten Tom Rosenberg...
[...] asked him whether Screen Gems is continuing the "Underworld" franchise, which has raked in about $207 million worldwide on fairly low budgets.
Rosenberg told us that you can expect an announcement shortly about another installment in the franchise. He said that Len Wiseman, who directed his wife Kate Beckinsale in the first two films, will be producing the new movie.
Asked if this could possibly reboot the franchise, Rosenberg added, "It could. It's a prequel. Some people think it could be rebooted. I don't know. I'm not there yet."
He would not say whether Beckinsale would appear in the prequel.
MTV talked to Underworld and Underworld: Evolution star Kate Beckinsale, who says she's not starring in the third installment:
Beckinsale also revealed she will not star in the next "Underworld" movie, which husband Len Wiseman is developing.
"I think it's a prequel before I'm actually in it, so I think that won't include me if it happens," she said. [...]
Heute startet "Underworld 2" in den deutschen Kinos...
Molodezhnaja.ch liefert eine Kritik zu "Underworld 2" (2.5/5)...
[...] "Underworld: Evolution" existiert nur aus finanziellen Gründen. Er hat nichts Neues zu sagen, nichts Tolles zu erzählen und nichts Eindrückliches zu zeigen. Er spult seine alberne Geschichte trocken ab und lebt von seiner düsteren Bildsprache sowie der grazilen Kate Beckinsale. Die zerfallene City-Optik des ersten Teils ist weg, der Krieg zwischen Adel und Pöbel auch. Es bleibt die Aneinanderreihung von Action-Sequenzen. [...]
Blickpunkt:Film berichtet über die US-Kinocharts...
[...] Erfolgreichster Film des Jahres ist weiterhin "Underworld Evolution", der nach dem dritten Wochenende auf Platz sechs nunmehr 52,7 Mio. Dollar eingespielt hat und kurz davor steht, das Einspielergebnis des Originals von 2003 (55,1 Mio. Dollar) zu übertreffen. [...]
Wie erwartet, belegte der in 3207 Kinos gestartete "Underworld Evolution" Platz eins der amerikanischen Kinocharts: Nach ersten Schätzungen spielte die Fortsetzung des Actionschockers von 2003 27,6 Mio. Dollar ein - das bisher beste Startergebnis des Kinojahres 2006. Der Vorgänger hatte am Startwochenende 21,7 Mio. Dollar umgesetzt und kam insgesamt auf 51,5 Mio. Dollar. [...]
Bei CS! gibt es ein Interview mit Kate Beckinsale... Bei HBS gibt es eine Kritik...
[...] Having enjoyed "Underworld" so much, and hoping a lousy sequel wouldn’t soil its promise, "Evolution" comes a major disappointment. Wiseman plays his cards all wrong here, emphasizing the action and history instead of concentrating on the mixture of monsters and myth that seemed so effortless before.
Bei CS! gibt es Infos zu den Spezialeffekten in "Underworld: Evolution"...
Bei IMP Awards gibt es ein neues Poster zu "Underworld: Evolution"...
Die Offizielle Website bietet endlich mehr zu "Underworld: Evolution"...
SciFi.com sprach mit Len Wiseman...
[...] he's already got plenty of ideas for a third installment in the werewolves-vs.-vampires franchise, which was originally conceived as a trilogy. "Yeah, we have piles and piles of notes and everything," Wiseman said in an interview at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention over the weekend. "We sort of mapped out an entire history and story that we then went into and decided which ... one will embody the first film, second film, third film. ... What it is, more so than three scripts, it is a massive collection of ideas and stories that we're putting out at certain times."
Wiseman came up with the story of the first film with writing partners Kevin Grevioux and Danny McBride; McBride and Wiseman also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming second film, which takes the story of the age-old blood feud into the future and into the past.
When will Wiseman begin drafting a script for number three? "If I feel like there is a desire and a ... reaction from the audience that they want to see more, then, of course, you really get into it," he said. "And also just seeing how the movie does. ... [When] the studio comes knocking on your door and says, 'OK, we need to start going right now,' [that] puts pressure on as well."
In Evolution, Wiseman said, he had a budget of about $48 million, more than twice the $22 million for the first Underworld. "We had more action, more sets, more effects," he said. He added: "There's a lot more going on and fun things to watch. ... And I think [the audience will] find a bit more of an emotional pull with the characters. I think they will be on board with them more, invested with them more. ... [In the] first movie, ... Selene [Wiseman's real-life wife, Kate Beckinsale,] is quite cold throughout the whole thing. And she's now at a point where she's having to rethink everything, and she's now tapping into a little bit of feelings that she hasn't gone to since she has been human, which was ages and ages ago. So it's a bit more of an emotional movie, too." [...]
Bei CS! gibt es den 3. Teil eines Setberichts...
Rope of Silicon zeigt mehrere Sequel-Bilder... Und SciFi.com sprach mit Len Wiseman...
Bei Blackfilm.com gibt es das erste Bild von Derek Jacobi im Kostüm...
Bei CS! gibt es den ersten Teil eines Setberichts...
B-D sprach mit Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman und Len Wiseman; dazu gibt es ein paar Szenenbilder aus "Underworld: Evolution"...
Bei CS! gibt es den ersten Teil eines Setberichts...
Bei Yahoo! Movies gibt es den "Underworld: Evolution" Teaser-Trailer !!!
Die Offizielle Website bietet einen kleinen Vorgeschmack auf "Underworld: Evolution"... Das dazugehörige Poster kann man bei Blackfilm.com bestaunen...
Luma Pictures has signed on as lead visual effects house for Lakeshore Entertainment/Screen Gems' "Underworld II." The visual effects work for "Underworld II" is expected to be more ambitious than for the first film and will feature CG creatures. Luma is expected to deliver digital matte paintings, CG set extensions, green screen composites, particle effects and other visuals to enhance the film. The film is currently in production with Len Wiseman again directing.
Bei DH gibt es ein paar neue Szenenbilder...
Bei Moviehole gibt es ein Interview mit Scott Speedman...
Bei Empire Online gibt es ein Interview mit Bill Nighy...
[...] he reprises his role as the villainous vampire elder Viktor in Underworld: Evolution, the sequel to 2003's stylish (and, some say, substance-free) vampire-werewolf epic, Underworld. But hang on - wasn't he sliced into tiny bits at the end of the first movie?
"This is absolutely true," admitted Nighy. "I know, but guess what - they went back in time. See what I'm saying? Very clever. So I'm now back in time, in medieval times, in full armour, up a mountain in Canada, in deepest snow, with all the guys. I think they got me back out of pity. I'm not in it a great deal."
Yes, but even the smallest Nighy cameo is worth checking out - so what, pray tell, will he be up to this time around? "As you remember from Underworld 1, I was just one of the elders who were having the centuries-long sleep," said Nighy. "I'm largely back to account for the reawakening of the second elder. This is when Marcus comes to town."
Marcus will be played by the excellent Scottish actor, Tony Curran, and will apparently be the catalyst for a war to end all wars between the vampires, including Kate Beckinsale's Selene (she had to return, if only because she's married to the film's director, Len Wiseman) and the werewolves, who count amongst their number vamp/lycan hybrid Michael, played by Amelie Mauresmo lookie-likie, Scott Speedman.
"The script is absolutely great. I really loved the first one and I think this one is arguably better," said Nighy. "The story is a real cracker. And it's sexy this time. Kind of sexy and funny and really romantic, as it was last time. I'm so impressed with Len Wiseman - it's really cool." [...]
Bei MTV.com gibt es einen Setbericht zu "Underworld: Evolution", inkl. kurze Ausschnitte und Bilder von den Dreharbeiten... SPOILER !!!
[...] Although most of "Evolution" is set in the present day, the film will flash back to two important moments in the timeline: one, a medieval sequence, explains the relationship between the main baddies; the other reenacts the first-bite story that Selene recounted in the first film. "The medieval village, I'm actually not in at all," says Beckinsale. "That was all before I became a vampire. So that's sort of Bill Nighy and Tony Curran on horses and armor and all that stuff."
"It's like the first 10 to 15 minutes of the movie," says Wiseman. "We've got quite a bit of going back and history with Selene as well as Viktor, Amelia (Zita Görög), the elders, and Marcus as well and seeing where he fits into the whole story. That's what the medieval sequence is all about."
It all builds to the scene now being shot, a final showdown in a dungeon with a murky pond in the middle, tattered rope bridges hanging overhead, and dead bodies strewn about. [...]
Bei CS! gibt es Szenenbilder aus "Underworld: Evolution"...
FT.com sprach mit Sir Derek Jacobi über seine Rolle im Sequel... SPOILER !!!
[...] Derek Jacobi, has just returned from Vancouver, where he has been filming the vampire versus werewolves sequel, Underworld: Evolution. He's not happy about it. "My character was the daddy of all the werewolves," he sighs, but it wasn't the subject matter that irritated him. It was, as usual, the script editing. "Any line that for me was characterful was cut. So my part ended up being completely plot and cipher." Did he at least get to wear some monster prosthetics, I ask encouragingly. Another sigh. "No, but I did at least get a hideous death." [...]
Bei HNR gibt es neue Bilder vom "Underworld: Evolution"-Dreh...
Bei Ernestartist.org gibt es Bilder vom "Underworld: Evolution"-Set am Mount Seymour... Mehr Bilder... Noch mehr Bilder...
[...] Sir Derek Jacobi [...] has signed on to play a nasty thug (is there any other type?) in the upcoming "Underworld" sequel. Gold star slapped on Director Len Wiseman's production diary for making that wise move.
Jacobi, whose rumoured to be playing the character of Marcus in the follow-up, just completed a role in the British comedy "Nanny McPhee" opposite Emma Thompson and Colin Firth. [...]
He's on a plane bound for Vancouver where he'll join Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman on set. The young co-stars have just wrapped training - read : stunt man shows them how to do it, they try, fail, offer the birdie - in California as prep.
According to our insider, the sequel's budget has been raised slightly from the first film ($22 million) so we can probably expect a couple more 'names' to be announced in the next few weeks.
Moviehole interviewed Director Len Wiseman a while back, for the first film's DVD release, who dropped a few hints about what to expect in the vampire vs.wolf follow-up. "This time we can expect more history about the vampires and the werewolves, which we weren’t able to do in the first one", Wiseman said on the phone from LA.
"There’s going to be a bit of actual battle in the medieval times between the werewolves and vampires, with like army-clad vampires on horses, kinda like "Braveheart". It’ll play out a bit like "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" where the first ten to fifteen minutes of the film will be a prequel. We’re going to really dive into the dark ages, and then centre some more on the modern day. We will have a lot of the same cast, but also new cast too. Some new people will be involved... Marcus of course will be in the sequel".
Producer Tom Rosenberg gave us a status report on the sequel to Underworld, which goes into production soon and may have a different title. "We start in November," Rosenberg said. "We may call it something else. We’ll probably call it something with Underworld 2 [but] it’s Underworld 2."
With the recent director’s cut of Underworld expanding the film’s mythology, Rosenberg promises that those fans will get more out of the sequel, while casual fans will still be able to follow the story. "I think the real intense followers of the whole saga will really, really love the second one. It’s very intricate. It gives Selene’s history, Viktor’s history and then of course now Marcus is going to come out of the crypt. So it’s really cool. I’m excited about it."
Of course, the action will have to evolve in the sequel. "It’s much bigger action but still, we have to keep the coolness of it and not let the action overwhelm it. I like the whole world that’s created and you have to stay within that world. I don’t want to jam mindless nonstop action at the audience and this is going to still be story driven. But we’re going to have cool sequences and some bigger action, but if you do that on a sequel, and that’s what often happens, what’s the point? This story is better. This story is more intricate and more interesting. That’s what I really like about it."
Rosenberg also acknowledged that the success of the original allowed for one major difference on the sequel. "Well, it allowed all the actors to get paid more. Those are the chief beneficiaries of the success of it."
[...] We’ve been hearing from numerous sources that Underworld 2 will be filming in Vancouver this Fall with Mammoth Film Studios being tipped by one source as the studio they will use. [...]
The Trades meldet...
[...] When McBride and Wiseman teamed up for "Underworld", the two shared a clear vision as to where the series of films were headed. "From the very start, Len and I were interested in creating an Underworld trilogy. In short, we've always had a prequel in mind. I know the trades reported that a sequel and a prequel have already been greenlit. At the moment, we are focused on the sequel. It's our main priority because the start date is looming in the not too distant future. With that said, we still are forced to spend a great deal of time discussing the prequel because the actions and motivations of our characters in medieval times affects things downstream."
As for the sequel, McBride confirmed that shooting will begin in the fall for a targeted 2005 release; and he also confirmed that Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman have already signed on to reprise their respective roles. McBride went on to say that he is currently preparing the outline for the second draft of the sequel and that the production team is in the middle of the development stages. "The new film will carry the story further as well as incorporate a few prequel sequences, which should be extremely cool." He added, "Patrick Tatopoulos (the creature designer) has, par for course, created some fantastic new designs for the film. Len has been busy storyboarding and is gearing up for location scouting." [...]
Bei Schnittberichte.com gibt es detaillierte Infos zum "Underworld - Unrated Extended Cut", der rund 16 Minuten länger ist - inkl. Bilder der neuen Szenen...
Mit Dank an Maik Kononow
SF Wire sprach mit Kate Beckinsale über "Underworld 2"...
[...] Len Wiseman, is currently writing the script, but keeping it a big secret. "It's under lock and key at the moment, but I know that they're definitely talking about it," Beckinsale said in an interview while promoting her next movie, Van Helsing. "There's lots of furtive reading of scripts in the bathroom. So I think they're writing it, but I think they don't want to get me involved in case I freak out about something."
A dark, stylish Romeo and Juliet story with vampires and werewolves locked in a centuries-old war, Underworld was directed and co-written by Wiseman. Wiseman, who made music videos prior to becoming a feature-film director, will co-write and direct the second film as well.
Beckinsale will again play Selene, an assassin (or "death-dealer") charged by her fellow vampires with hunting down and killing the bloodsuckers' mortal enemies, werewolves (or Lycans). Beckinsale's Underworld co-star, Scott Speedman, has also already signed on to reprise his role in the next movie.
Bei Laser's Edge und Amazon.com gibt es Infos zur "Underworld - Unrated Extended Cut" US-DVD (RC1) - 12 Minuten länger !!!
Mit Dank an Maik Kononow
The battle between the Vampires and Lycans will continue in the sequel to Underworld, which Screen Gems and Lakeshore Entertainment have set for a fall start.
Kate Beckinsale is reprising her role as Selene, the blood-sucking heroine who found herself in a loving relationship with a Lycan (aka werewolf) played by Scott Speedman, who is also expected to return. Len Wiseman will be back as director. Danny McBride will have the script ready by early April.
Underworld was shot for just $24 million and grossed $51 million domestically and has performed well on DVD/video. The film will be the second sequel for Screen Gems, which just wrapped principal photography on Resident Evil: Apocalypse.
Beckinsale will next be seen starring opposite Hugh Jackman in Universal's Van Helsing and opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Warner Bros.' Aviator.
Heute startet "Underworld" in den deutschen Kinos...
Bei Blickpunkt:Film gibt es eine Kritik...
Bei InsomniacMania.com gibt es ein Interview mit Kevin Grevioux...
CineCon sprach mit Len Wiseman über das Franchise...
"There’s actually a sequel and a prequel that was mapped out when we sold this film. [Co-writer] Danny McBride and myself - there was so much that we wanted to tell in this story that it was getting a bit confusing for us to map out all the history and the wars. We said, 'You know what? Let's map out a long story that would maybe span out three films and let's then be able to tell our film in the middle.' But we had to kind of map out the whole thing to get to the point where we are now because it does have a lot of layers in it. But we do want to tell a lot of that back story and I'm obsessed with going back to the Dark Ages and showing the war when it was legions of werewolves fighting an army of vampires on horseback, invading their castle. I think that would be insane visuals! So that's a bit of what the sequel is. We are already in the deal for the sequel and the studio's incredibly excited about it. I think the 15 minutes [of the sequel] will be a prequel for the sequel, much like an 'Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade' type of situation."
Wiseman also revealed that the two leads, Kate and Scott Speedman, are interested in returning as well. "We all had a really good time, the actors and myself, that Kate and Scott are all for it." [...]
Underworld is set to become a trilogy for Lakeshore Entertainment and Screen Gems. Screen Gems has made a deal for Danny McBride and Len Wiseman to write a sequel to the vampire and werewolf thriller, which Wiseman has said he would again direct.
Screen Gems and Lakeshore hope to put the second film into production as soon as possible. A third film, a prequel, could follow. No deal is in place for star Kate Beckinsale, though she has expressed interest in reprising her part.
The first film earned $21.8 million last weekend, Screen Gems' best opening for a film ever.
"Underworld" easily overshadowed the competition at the boxoffice this weekend as the R-rated release from Screen Gems left a mark on the top spot after sinking its teeth into a surprisingly robust estimate of $22 million. While the Kate Beckinsale starrer was expected to top the charts this weekend, the tally was far above the film's prospects heading into the frame. The debut of "Underworld" is the record for the distributor, topping "Resident Evil" ($17.7 million last year). It marked the eighth No. 1 opening for Sony this year and was the fifth-biggest ever in September. The Len Wiseman-directed picture, about a romance and a war between vampires and werewolves, was the second straight $20 million-plus opening for the studio after last weekend's $23.4 million debut for "Once Upon a Time in Mexico." [...]
Enttäuschende Kritiken gibt es bei
HotFish (2/5) und
Juicy Cerebellum (5/10) !!!
HollywoodReporter.com liefert die "Boxoffice preview"...
The fall season becomes more crowded this weekend as five wide releases jockey for the available boxoffice dollars. While the number of releases is likely to hold down the grosses for each of the individual newcomers, Sony Pictures' "Underworld" is still likely to take the top spot for the frame. Estimates are that the film could draw in the $15 million range. "Underworld," from Screen Gems Pictures, should interest the young male audience because of its "Matrix"-like action set pieces amid a vampire warrior movie written and directed by music-video director Len Wiseman in his feature film debut. The moderate star power of Kate Beckinsale ("Pearl Harbor," "Laurel Canyon") and Scott Speedman (of TV's "Felicity") should draw in a few more fans, but it's really the movie's horror genre and its R rating that will lure in the young males. "Underworld" will open in 2,915 theaters. [...]
Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper tells Variety a sequel to Underworld, which depicts a centuries-old battle between vampires and werewolves, is already in the works.
"After the way it screened in Toronto, we made the deal," Culpepper said. "They loved it."
We assume a deal was made with director Len Wiseman and the lead stars as well. Underworld is expected to take the top spot at the box office this weekend.
Bei CS! gibt es weiteres Interview mit Kate Beckinsale... Bei Film Freak Central (1.5/4) und Bloody-Disgusting gibt es negative Kritiken...
[...] Underworld will go down as the biggest disappointment of 2003. In a year with so many good horror films, this film puts the final nail in the argument that bigger is better. I would rather shell out money to watch ten seconds of any scene from the Blade series than this atrocity. Underworld is a loud but an incredibly empty and dull ride. [...]
Bei CS! gibt es ein Audio-Interview mit Kate Beckinsale...
Bei CS! gibt es neue Bilder...
Bei DH gibt es eine Kritik von Garth... The Cinema Source liefert ein paar neue Bilder... Und bei IGN FilmForce gibt es ein "Hinter den Kulissen"-Video (Benötigt Quicktime) !!!
Creature Corner meldet...
[...] Len Wiseman [...] has plans for an Underworld II, and his wife/star Kate Beckinsale seems more than willing to jump into that little outfit again. Thank God.
He, Kevin Grevioux and Danny McBride, who wrote the film together, have a plot line ready to go that follows the clans from the Dark Ages up until "way" into the future. The first movie, he says, is serving as a middle point in the timeline, used to establish the characters and their situation.
Well, the idea of a trilogy is certainly nothing new, but I guess it's up to Sony if there will be more Underworld films, and that decision will be based on the box office for the weekend of September 19th. If the film is good, more power to them and I'd love to see more. If it's just a bunch of over-dramatic goths trying to look good and pouting too much, let it die here.
[11.09.2003] Bei CineMovies.fr gibt es ein paar Ausschnitte !!!
Gemischte Kritiken gibt es bei
Empire Movies (8/10),
Latino Review (C+),
Filmdeculte (3/6) und
[08.09.2003] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik (6/10)...
[...] This film had potental based on the trailer to be a cult classic. It has a dark theme and a "matrix" like feel. Unfortunately, this film falls flat because the writing is weak and the action is flat. Most the of fight scenes seem stolen from either a John Woo film or the Matrix or even the Blade series. The direction is so-so and has a b-movie feel to it. The look of the film is so dark at times it's hard to see the characters. The leads Beckensale and Scott Speedman try their best with the material given to them but fail. If your exepectations are for this to be a "B" film you wont' be disappointed but if you are expecting another Matrix style goth film you will be disappointed. [...]
[06.09.2003] Bei CS! gibt es das "Worms of the Earth"-Video (Benötigt Windows Media oder Real Player)...
[07.08.2003] MTV.com sprach mit Kate Beckinsale...
[...] "I would love to do it again," said the English actress, who plays a bloodsucker named Selene. "I had an amazing experience on this movie. I think that when you push yourself beyond what you think your limits are - like, a lot - it's a really profound kind of life experience. And I had an amazing time on this."
Even the romance between Beckinsale and Scott Speedman ("Felicity"), who plays her furry enemy, isn't the focus of the movie. "People are sort of talking about it being a love story, [but] it's less a love story than 'The Matrix.' There's an attraction there between my character and Scott Speedman's character, but the main thrust of the movie is absolutely not a love story. It's action." [...]
[05.08.2003] Bei DH gibt es neue Bilder...
[02.08.2003] Bei ET Online gibt es ein Video-Interview mit Kate Beckinsale...
[26.07.2003] Bei Sony Pictures gibt es eine Mod für den Egoshooter "Half-Life": Download >>> "Underworld: Bloodline" (29.5 MB) !!!
[24.07.2003] Ein neuer "Underworld" Trailer ist online !!!
[30.05.2003] Bei TNMC gibt es ein negatives Script-Review...
[...] As with most action films, the plot rides shotgun. It is the action sequences that drive the film and Underworld is no exception. I can't even really explain the plot. It's not that I did not understand it, it's just that it relies on twists and turns that solely make up the narrative. Basically, Beckinsale has to protect a man she falls in love with from the werewolves and the vampires. The film has been described as another modern day Romeo and Juliet. I wish it had that much character.
[22.05.2003] Die Offizielle Website hat ihre Pforten geöffnet und lässt einem die Wahl: "Vampire" oder "Lycan" !?!
[16.05.2003] Bei CS! gibt es 2 neue Bilder...
[08.05.2003] DH meldet...
Late yesterday, Bloody Disgusting ran a report that the Kate Beckinsale vampire/werewolf flick has changed its name from "Underworld" to "The Covenant" despite a recent large promotional push with a trailer and several new posters (incl. a just released baby over at JoBlo) using the "Underworld" name. Oddly enough there's also proof in the form of a sheet listing the new name and a PG-13 MPAA rating for the flick. Some are saying its a 'ruse' created for test screening audiences to stop Net review leaks (if so its a pretty stupid one), but I decided to find out what in the hell is really going on. A Screen Gems rep has now confirmed to DH that its definitely "Underworld" and "the title is NOT changing".
[20.04.2003] Der "Underworld" Teaser-Trailer ist online !!!
[16.04.2003] Bei CS! kann man einen Blick auf das "Underworld"-Poster werfen...
[09.04.2003] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik zu einer frühen Testvorführung...
[...] the film is very cool. There are new fangled weapons both sides have like guns that shoot bullets loaded with liquid silver so it goes right into the bloodstream. There is a great fight scene between a big ole badass werewolf and a Vampire fighting with whips ala Indiana Jones. Lots of sweet shots of Werewolves crawling down hallway walls ala Aliens. [...]
Genre fans can start getting excited for Underworld!!!
[27.02.2003] AICN bietet noch mehr Infos und Bilder !!!
[26.02.2003] Bei AICN gibt es jede Menge Bilder und Artwork...
[14.08.2002] Bei ScreenWritersUtopia.com gibt es ein Script-Review...
[...] Underworld is a wild story when at its best vivid and engrossing, containing some of the best action sequences I’ve read to date [...]
There’s lots of conflict throughout the script and tons of intense action and gore. With Vampires wielding swords, hi-powered guns, and the werewolves have invented ultraviolet ammunition that toasts vampires from the inside out, causing a kind of spontaneous-vampire-combustion effect. Very cool. But what’s most impressive about the story is how it attempts to explain the emergence of both the werewolves and vampires. In the 12th century a plague is devastating Hungry. In one village a lone survivor emerges. He was able to absorb the disease into his immune system where it mutated and hibernated (Michael’s ancestor). He passed this on to his three sons: "one bitten by bat, one by wolf, and one to walk the lonely road of mortality."
If the marketing people do their job on this one (which won’t be hard) it most likely can’t miss: vampires, werewolves, action, special effects and Kate Beckinsale in a tight black outfit. I’ll be there.
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