Warner Bros. Moving Forward with I Am Legend Sequel
02.18.12 by Ryan
I Am Lengender? I Am More of a Legend?
Looks like someone will have to come up with a title for the sequel to 2007's I Am Legend, likely screenwriter-producer Akiva Goldsman. Deadline reports that the studio has closed a deal with Goldsman and Overbrook Entertainment, Will Smith's production company, for another installment.
I Am Legend was based on Richard Matheson's 1954 novel of the same name, which had been made into several previous adaptations, including 1964's The Last Man on Earth and 1971's The Omega Man. It was also director George Romero's inspiration for his 1968 The Night of the Living Dead. In the novel, the world has been overrun by vampires, leaving Neville as the sole survivor, but the 2007 movie altered the contagion to a man-made virus that changed humanity into skinny, bald people that huddled together in circles in the dark.
It's not clear whether the next I Am Legend will be a prequel or a sequel, but the intention is to have Smith reprise his role as scientist Robert Neville, which might be difficult to do in a sequel considering the way Smith blew himself up at the end of the movie. Still, after grossing $584 million in worldwide box office, screenwriter Arash Amel (The Expatriate) will have to figure out how to bring Smith back in a way that meets the actor's approval, otherwise Smith will not commit. It's also unclear whether director Francis Lawrence will return or not.