Kate Beckinsale will return as the vampire Selene in the fourth installment of Screen Gems and Lakeshore Entertainment's Underworld franchise.
Written by John Hlavin (The Shield) and revised by J. Michael Straczynski, the movie is set to begin production in March in Vancouver. A search is under way for a director and for an actress to play Selene's daughter.
Beckinsale appeared in 2003's Underworld and 2006's Underworld: Evolution but didn't participate in 2009's Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, which served as a prequel to the original film.
Although never critical successes, the low-budget movies have grossed more than $300 million worldwide.
The new installment will be produced by Lakeshore Entertainment’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi, and Len Wiseman, with Scott Strauss overseeing the project for Screen Gems.