Back in April, Screen Gems released the first teaser poster for Underworld Blood Wars, although it didn’t featuring returning star Kate Beckinsale or any of the other cast members. Since the release date had already been set for October 14, most assumed that the first trailer was just around the corner, but the studio still hasn’t released any footage as of yet. Today we found out why, with Screen Gems officially pushing the movie from October 14, 2016 to January 6, 2017.
Variety reported on the release date shift, but there was no reason given for why the date was pushed into 2017. In its new date on January 6, 2017, Underworld 5 will be going up against The Weinstein Company’s Amityville: The Awakening, starring Bella Thorne and Universal Pictures’ Mena, starring Tom Cruise. The first weekend of January is typically quite slow at the box office, but that could change next year, with three high-profile projects hitting theaters.
Very few story details have been revealed thus far, but it will bring back franchise stars Kate Beckinsale as Selene, Theo James as Selene’s ally David, from Underworld: Awakening, and Charles Dance as the Vampire leader Thomas. Tobias Menzies and Lara Pulver also star as a formidable new Lycan leader and a fiercely ambitious Vampire. The cast is rounded out by James Faulkner, Peter Andersson, Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James and Daisy Head
Principal photography started in Praque last October, with the 10-week shoot taking place entirely in the Czech capital and in other surrounding areas. Anna Foerster makes her directorial debut on Underworld: Blood Wars, after having previously directed episodes of the television series Criminal Minds and Outlander. She has made the transition to a director after a celebrated career as a director of photography, working on blockbusters such as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down.
The screenplay for Underworld 5 was penned by Cory Goodman and based on characters originally created by Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman and Danny McBride. Lakeshore Entertainment’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, and Richard S. Wright are producing. They are joined by David Kern, along with Len Wiseman. We’ll be sure to keep you posted with more updates on Underworld: Blood Wars, so stay tuned.