Underworld and Resident Evil may be my two favorite female-led franchises in the history of such things. Kate Beckinsale’s Selene, in her skin-tight catsuit, and Milla Jovovich’s Alice, sometimes nude and sometimes in a skin-tight catsuit, are very satisfying ass-kickers in their respective monster-filled universes. Both series have their flaws, certainly, but both tend to be successful enough to spawn countless sequels and one prequel. They don’t exactly tank, but they don’t blow away the competition either.
On the flipside, I read the books and saw the terrible movie for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. It could have been so much more but fell flat in attempting to smash too many things into one flick. The fact that so much was done incorrectly was also a detriment to the box office take and eventual sequel to the movie based on a popular book series.
What do these three franchises have in common? Well, they are all rumored to be coming to our televisions in a weekly episodic fashion. You know. Television series.
Constantin Film is hoping to bring The Mortal Instruments into our homes soon since they own the rights to the books and were disappointed with the $60 million turd they dropped into cinemas. Production is scheduled to begin within the year on that while Constantin’s Resident Evil will begin its small screen production after the next flick hits theaters.
Underworld is getting a sequel of sorts that follows the vampire David, portrayed by Theo James in Underworld: Awakening. Beckinsale will not be in that entry, but she may still get another sequel for her character. Then we could see a series, though who it would follow is unknown.
What do you think? Would these work better on the small screen then they have on the big?