Beckinsale interested in 'Underworld' follow-up, prequel
Last week’s B.O. topper, “Underworld,” is set to become a trilogy for Lakeshore Entertainment and Screen Gems. Pic will be a co-production between the two companies.Screen Gems has made a deal for Danny McBride and Len Wiseman to pen a sequel to the femme-centric werewolf thriller, which Wiseman has said he would again direct. Screen Gems and Lakeshore hope to put the second pic 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. In a twist on the “Romeo and Juliet” romance, Beckinsale portrays a vampire warrior who falls in love with a werewolf (Scott Speedman). Pic was Wiseman’s feature writing and directing bow. “Underworld” earned $21.8 million in its bow, repping Screen Gems’ best opening weekend ever. Screen Gems acquired “Underworld” from Lakeshore at the script stage, taking domestic as well as certain international rights. Screen Gems has developed something of a cottage industry in female-driven action-adventure franchises produced at a price. Sony’s genre label is also in production on “Resident Evil II” starring Milla Jovovich. When that wraps, Jovovich will segue to the company’s “Ultraviolet,” written and directed by Kurt Wimmer (“Equilibrium”). Upcoming Screen Gems titles include “In the Cut” starring Meg Ryan and directed by Jane Campion; urban musical “You Got Served”; Jamie Foxx starrer “The Sexpert” (aka “The Break Up Handbook”); action comedy “D.E.B.S.” and “Love Song for Bobby Long,” starring John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson. Upcoming Lakeshore productions include “The Human Stain,” which will be released by Miramax Films and MGM’s “Wicker Park.” McBride and Wiseman are repped by ICM.