Underworld, “Dibbuk,” “Elysium” Changes

A couple of high-profile genre projects for 2012 have just undergone some name changes.

Screen Gems have confirmed that the fourth “Underworld” film will go by the moniker “Underworld: Awakening” rather than “Underworld: New Dawn” as it has been labelled in recent months.

Kate Beckinsale returns as Selene who escapes imprisonment to find the world has discovered the existence of Vampires and Lycans and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species.

Meanwhile Lionsgate has renamed the Sam Raimi-produced supernatural thriller “Dibbuk Box” into the more generic sounding “The Possession”.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick star in the story of a cursed relic containing mysterious familial tokens that is mistakenly purchased and its new owner must solve its mystery to save her own family.

Finally, “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp’s next science fiction project “Elysium” looks like it may have changed its title as well.

A Production Weekly listing now lists it as “Baja Dunes”. The film begins shooting the week after next in Vancouver.