SDCC EXCL: Tatopoulos on Underworld 4


Can Lycans dominate the series?

At the end of Underworld: Evolution, Michael (now a hybrid) and the Death Dealer known as Selene faced an uncertain future. This made fans especially voracious for a third chapter, however, they were hit with a modicum of surprise when Lakeshore and Screen Gems announced the anticipated threequel – Underworld: Rise of the Lycans – was indeed a prequel.

Patrick Tatopoulos, director of the Lycan-heavy upcoming chapter, tells us co-creator Len Wiseman “has a concept of what the next film will be” and it may mean a forward progression of Michael and Selene’s story. Although, “At this stage, where we’re at now, I would personally love to go back to the future. You can explore a lot of things, however, with our film, we’ve opened the door to other interesting projects. It could be [another] period film.”

One thing Tatopoulos is sure of is that the Underworld franchise is no longer largely dominated by the vampires anymore. His installment focuses heavily on the Lycans. “Our film is less sophisticated – not in a bad way. It’s more refined. This is a guy film with blood and sweat.”

Out full chat with Tatopoulos is coming soon. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans opens in theaters on January 23, 2009.

Source: Ryan Rotten