Kate Beckinsale’s “Underworld” sequel moves back to 2012

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: This is why I always use pencil on my release-date calendar. Studios insist on shifting dates right up until the time a movie opens. Am I right, “Going the Distance?”

Screen Gems announced that the fourth “Underworld” will not hit theaters January 2012, as opposed to the previously stated Sept. 23, 2011 date, according to ComingSoon. This, of course, begs the question, “Did you know they were planning a fourth ‘Underworld’ movie?” Because I sure didn’t.

Fans of the vampire series will be pleased to learn that Kate Beckinsale reportedly is returning to the series, though, to play Seline. She last tried on the skin-tight leather for the 2006 sequel “Underworld: Evolution,” but then tried her hand at more dramatic roles (she was excellent in “Snow Angels,” “Nothing But the Truth” and “Everything’s Fine”). Maybe she missed wielding stakes and firing hand cannons, though, so she’s potentially heading back to “Underworld.”

No word on if Beckinsale’s husband Len Wiseman, the original “Underworld” director, will follow her. He has been linked to a “Total Recall” remake, as well as a big-screen adaptation of the blockbuster video game “Gears of War.”

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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