Len Wiseman, the director of the first two "Underworld" installments and the creator of the franchise, was too busy with other commitments, including helming the upcoming remake of "Total Recall" (starring Beckinsale), so he chose not to direct the film. However, "he was involved in everything from production design to writing the script and casting the film," says Gary Lucchesi, president of Lakeshore Entertainment.
Wiseman also happens to be Beckinsale's husband. The two met in 2003 on the set of the first "Underworld," which also stars Michael Sheen, Beckinsale's former companion; Sheen and Beckinsale have a daughter together. In keeping with the time-honored British tradition of maintaining civility with one's ex, Sheen went on to star in "Underworld: Evolution" and "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" right alongside Beckinsale.