By Cain Rodriguez | The Playlist August 29, 2014 at 4:04PM
Each successive Spider-Man movie has earned less at the box office than the previous entry, calling into question the theory that audiences want more of the same. Despite this, THR reports that Lakeshore Entertainment has decided to go down a similar path and reboot the “Underworld” series.
The vampires-vs-werewolves franchise is perhaps now best remembered for giving Kate Beckinsale fangs and machine guns, thereby turning her into an action star. Of course, film fans will always remember the series for spawning director Len Wiseman and unleashing him upon the world. To date, “Underworld” has spawned four films, with the last one, “Underworld: Awakening," a 3D effort that ended up as “the top earner in the franchise.”
That film, which featured the return of Beckinsale after she sat out the 2009 prequel “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans,” was released in 2012. That’s only two years between that successful fourth film and whatever comes next, which will be written by Cory Goodman. For comparison’s sake, five years separated 2007’s “Spider-Man 3” and 2012’s Marc Webb-helmed “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
It’s unclear what direction the studio even wants to go with the new films, or what even constitutes a reboot since the franchise is already too dour and self-serious, which is the path most reboots take. Do they go the opposite direction for a more lighthearted tone? What about “Teen Wolf” meets “Twilight”? Why don’t you folks go ahead and leave your tips for the studio in the comments below and help them figure out the new direction for “Underworld.”