October 26, 2007 Variety Officially Announced the 'Underworld' prequel and gave a plot synopsis.
Lakeshore Entertainment and Screen Gems are teaming to bring a third installment of the "Underworld" franchise to the bigscreen.
F/x maven Patrick Tatopoulos, who developed the creatures for the first two films in the franchise, will helm "Underworld 3: The Rise of the Lycans," with Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy and Rhona Mitra aboard to star. "Underworld" creator Len Wiseman will produce alongside Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Skip Williamson.
Prequel story traces the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires known as Death Dealers and their onetime slaves, the Lycans. In the Dark Ages, a young Lycan named Lucian (Sheen) emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor (Nighy), the cruel vampire king who has enslaved them. Lucian is joined by his secret lover, Sonja (Mitra), in his battle against the Death Dealer army and his struggle for Lycan freedom.
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