Studio Wants Will Smith Back For New ‘I Am Legend’26.02.12 # Sequel # 7 Comments
Fans of post-apocalyptic mutants, rejoice! Or not. I Am Legend raked in close to $600m at the worldwide box office back in 2007, so a follow-up of some kind has always been on the cards. That’s now stepping up a gear with acclaimed young Blacklist writer Arash Amel hired for scripting duties, and Akiva Goldsman back as a producer after writing and producing the first film. According to Deadline, the new chapter has not been called a prequel and “the intention is for Will Smith to reprise his role as scientist Robert Neville”…
…despite his notable handicap of being blown to smithereens at the end of I Am Legend.
So what approach this takes will certainly be interesting. Neville only dies in the theatrical version of I Am Legend, the alternative ending on the DVD has him surviving the final basement showdown with the mutants, but feeling really bad about himself It’s difficult to see that as a way out though. Perhaps having “Will Smith reprising his role” won’t mean he is starring in the movie – another group could encounter him? But the truth is probably in what Will Smith said three years ago –
“It’s essentially the fall of the last city – the last stand of Manhattan. We’d see D.C., and then Manhattan would fall as the last city. …We have to take a small band and get into D.C, make our way from New York to D.C., and then back to New York.”
That’s definitely a prequel, if indeed it is still the plot outline.
Smith has just taken a long break from acting (his last role was 2008’s Seven Pounds), but is still one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. Director Francis Lawrence has since made Water for Elephants, and there’s no word yet on whether he would return.
What do you think of Will Smith coming back?
“Yeah I’m listening, sounds like a great idea.”