Len Wiseman directed Underworld in 2003. Len Wiseman, Kevin Grevioux and Danny McBride wrote the story, and Danny McBride adapted the screenplay. The vampires are mortal enemies of the Lycans (werewolves), and Selene, a vampire Death Dealer portrayed by Kate Beckinsale, is dispatched to kill any the werewolves. Selene rescues a human who the Lycans have an interest in, Michael, but he’s bitten by the werewolves. Selene and Michael soon develop feelings for each other. She wrestles with her orders to kill him. It is soon revealed that the Lycans are attempting to combine the two species and create a hybrid. With a budget of $22 million, the movie fared well bringing in over $95 million at the box office. A copyright infringement lawsuit was filed saying the movie was similar to various games and novels. There was a confidential settlement in the matter. Underworld received largely negative reviews.
A remake of a 2003 South Korean horror film titled A Tale of Two Sisters, The Uninvited was released in 2009 and was the first feature film directed by The Guard Brothers. Producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald had produced The Ring and The Ring Two, and began looking for another project. A Tale of Two Sisters looked to be lucrative, and the Guard Brothers acquired remake rights. Craig Rosenberg, Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard wrote the screenplay. The film is about Anna, who has recently been released from a psychiatric hospital after she attempted suicide following a boathouse fire where her mother perished. Going home with her father, Anna and her older sister, Alex begins to conspire against their father’s girlfriend, Rachel. It is after a series of deadly events that the movie provides the real twist. The movie was not received well by critics, but grossed $40 million at the box office.