Underworld TV Series in Development from Len Wiseman

Deadline brings word that Underworld franchise creator Len Wiseman is bringing the horror series to television with his production company Sketch Films and Sony Television.

“The series will be a pretty big departure from the films,” Wiseman tells the outlet. “I don’t want to say it’s more adult, but it’s definitely less comic book in its tone and character.”

The series doesn’t currently have a home, but Wiseman hopes for the series to land on premium cable or a digital service. Wiseman will executive produce the Underworld TV series alongside Lakeshore Entertainment’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Eric Reid.

Underworld kicked off with the first film in the series in 2003, starring Kate Beckinsale in the role of Selene, a vampire assassin that finds herself in the middle of an ever-expanding war between vampires and lycans. The film spawned four more entries in the series with Underworld: Evolution in 2006, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans in 2009, Underworld: Awakening in 2012, and Underworld: Blood Wars earlier this year. Wiseman directed the first two films in the series and served as a producer for the final three. The Underworld series has brought in over $539 million at the global box office.