2009: Sideshow Collectibles says (excerpt from a recent Q&A):
So, how’s that Underworld Selene Premium Format Figure coming along?
Our imaginations and designs are running wild, but it’s not quite yet a reality or something we can formally announce. We hope to have some positive news to report sooner rather than later, and all of the collector and forum support we’ve received for this particular project has been very helpful in our discussions both internally and externally. Keep it coming.
One can already imagine that there’d be “blue eye” and “regular eye” versions, with the blue costing extra… Or maybe it would be different mouth positions (visible fangs or closed mouth). I’d want visible fangs and blue eyes…
I delayed in watching the third Underworld film because honestly the second film was so bad I didn’t have much hope for the third being any good. But it redeemed the trilogy. Like Indiana Jones’ trilogy, I’d put the first film as the best, the third film as the second best, and the second film as a distant last.
The following photo is NOT of Sideshow’s planned 12″ figure! This is just a photo of a model made by a fan:
UPDATE: 2010 July 7: Sideshow answered some fan inquiries, and included were these remarks about Selene:
A: …Underworld is the most likely property that we’d tackle, mostly out of love for Selene, but I’m afraid that we have other pressing project commitments for the moment.
Q:I am a huge fan of the Underworld movie franchise and a Kate Beckinsale fan. Any chance we could see a Selene Premium Format sometime in the future? I think she would look amazing all dressed in the black leather. I think Sideshow could do a lot with the Underworld characters.
A: Selene remains a grail character for Sideshow to tackle. Licensing and other commitments have prevented us from tackling Underworld, but we very much hope to do so, someday.
UPDATE 2011 March 03:
Q: Will we ever see any Underworld items?
A: While our motto is ‘never say never,’ it seems extremely unlikely that Sideshow will be able to tackle Underworld in the near future. The stars just don’t seem to align for that property.
UPDATE 2012 January 9:
Sideshow Toys can get lost – a different company, Hollywood Collectibles Group, has announced they’ll make a Selene statue to coincide with the new Underworld film. Since the price for a high-end 12″ figure and the price for a 12″ statue are very similar, and since the quality of these two companies is nearly identical, the upcoming statue from Hollywood Collectibles Group may be a fine substitute for the never-realized 12″ figure.