It’s been almost five years since Warner Bros.’ 2007 blockbuster I Am Legend hit the big screens, but now Deadline is reporting that the studio has closed deals with Akiva Goldsman and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment to make another film in the franchise. The original, made for about $150 million, earned a massive $585.3 million worldwide.
According to the site:
“the intention is for Will Smith to reprise his role as scientist Robert Neville, who was the last man on earth doing battle with a mutated mob in New York City after an apocalyptic man-made virus wiped out the population.”
Arash Amel (upcoming The Expatriate – completed and waiting on release date, and Grace of Monaco – in pre-production) has been hired to write the script. The film is not being called a prequel, so it will be interesting what story they will tell considering the events already covered that took place in I Am Legend. There’s no word yet if director Francis Lawrence will return.
Will Smith said this was the idea about three years ago:
“It’s essentially the fall of the last city – the last stand of Manhattan. The movie would be…within the body of the movie D.C. and then Manhattan would fall as the last city. It’s a really cool idea trying to figure it out…there’s a reason why we have to take a small band and we have to get into D.C. So we have to make our way from New York to D.C. and then back to New York.”
The thought of getting a good look at what brought us to the opening scene in I Am Legend is an intriguing one. There would be a lot more action once things get going and then there is the safe house setup that Smith’s character builds.
What do you think, is this “Not a Prequel” worth a look?