The Success of the 3-D Resident Evil film seems to have given new life to the Underworld franchise. It would explain why Kate Beckinsale is back after basically skipping the third film, why the film is in 3-D, and why probably a whole host of other things. The fourth film film Underworld Awakening is due out January 20, 2012, and the latest trailer offers a look at the plot, which concerns a werewolf vampire hybrid and no Scott Speedman. Check it out…

The one thing that can always be counted on with films like this are great British actors collecting reasonably large checks for work that will never go on their resume. Here that includes Charles Dance and Stephen Rea, following the grand tradition of performers like Sir Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine.

This comes from Swedish directors Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein. Len Wiseman – who helmed the first two films – has only contributed to the script. But he got help from Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, who recently wrote scripts for films as diverse as Thor and Clint Eastwood‘s Changeling. They are but two of the film’s four credited writers. Which means they really wrote the heck out of this movie. No running time is listed, but if this film runs too much longer than ninety minutes, I’d be shocked.

Are you happy Beckinsale’s back in leather?