Screen Gems and Lakeshore sign Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein

Screen Gems and Lakeshore have signed Swedish directors Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein to direct “Underworld 4.”

Marlind and Stein helmed supernatural thriller “Shelter,” starring Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Kate Beckinsale signed in September as the lead in the fourth installment of “Underworld.”

Production on the latest tale of vampires vs. werewolves is set to start in Vancouver in March. Screen Gems has already set a Jan. 20, 2012, release date.

Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing with Len Wiseman. John Hlavin penned the script with revisions by J. Michael Straczynski.

The three “Underworld” pics — released in 2003, 2006 and 2009 — have combined for about $300 million worldwide B.O.

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