Wiseman On “Underworld” TV Series, “Chapter”

Along with his comments about “Die Hard: Year One” the other day, filmmaker Len Wiseman used the TCA Winter Press Tour panel for FOX’s “Lucifer” earlier in the week to discuss another franchise and one he’s responsible for creating – “Underworld”.

The lycans vs. vampire film series is returning with both a currently shooting fifth movie and a TV series in development, though there hasn’t been much talk about the latter recently. Speaking with Collider, Wiseman says the show is still very much in development:

“Yes, there’s been a lot of conversations and even development on what that series would be. It’s really appropriate for television, in terms of how those characters can really tie in, but also become something new. It’s really an attractive space. I don’t want to put a date on it because then that’s going to be printed and it might not happen in that timeframe, but it is a thought.”

Wiseman also spoke about another film project he has been working on lately, a supernatural action film which he’s setup with “Star Trek” and “Mission Impossible” franchise steerers Skydance Productions. Wiseman goes into details about the origins of the project and what he hopes it will achieve:

“I’m also working on a movie with Skydance and David Ellison, called Black Chapter, and Zak Penn is writing that one. That’s very close to being finished. It’s a script that I wrote the first draft for about nine years ago, after Underworld, but I hadn’t directed anything yet and it was a big, high-concept project, so I ended up selling it to Disney instead. It sat there for awhile, and it changed and evolved. And then, recently, I was able to get it back and dive back into it and get it going with Skydance.

That’s something that I’ve been wanting to do forever. It sounds like a crazy and silly pitch, so picture it not silly, but the idea is taking the ghost motifs within an action arena. That has never been done before. We’ve seen ghost movies from comedy to drama to horror, and in all aspects, but we’ve never seen the ghost genre and how that would work within a Jason Bourne situation, in an action film.

It’s really tough, but if we nail it, it’s incredibly cool and exciting. David Ellison got it in a second and bought it in the room. He gets what we’re going for. It was a crazy pitch, but it’s something you haven’t seen before.”

“Underworld 5” is currently targeting an October 21st release.