How ‘Underworld’s Director Made a Low-Budget Movie Look Like a Blockbuster

Almost by definition, action movies are expensive to make. An action sequence involving elaborate stunts and visual effects doesn’t come cheap, and when you look at a movie like 2003’s Underworld, you’d think that it cost $50-$60 million at the very least. That’s not the case, as franchise director Len Wiseman confirmed to Collider’s Carly Lane in an interview for the film’s 20th anniversary. Due to the nature of the project and a limited budget, the filmmaker had to get creative in order to bring his vision to life.

​ Underworld celebrates its 20th anniversary this month, and now, director Len Wiseman is revealing behind-the-scenes secrets from the production.