I Am Legend Prequel Officially Greenlit at Warner Brothers
by Alex Billington
September 24, 2008
Warner Brothers has officially confirmed today that a prequel to I Am Legend is currently in development. We first mentioned this back in July, when director Francis Lawrence confirmed that they've been working on ideas for a prequel. Will Smith will reprise his role as scientist Robert Neville, with Lawrence returning to direct. The script is being written by D.B. Weiss, an up-and-coming writer with a few other scripts in the works around Hollywood. The prequel, which is based on a detailed outline developed over the past few months by Smith and Lawrence, will chronicle the final days of humanity in New York City before a man-made virus caused a plague that left Robert Neville the lone survivor among a mutated mob in the city.
I Am Legend became a huge success last December, eventually earning over $250 million at the box office. A sequel was inevitable, it was just a matter of figuring out a story since Richard Matheson's original book doesn't go that far back into Neville's story. I really loved I Am Legend and I'm quite excited to see them return to such a visceral world; I'm just already worried that it won't live up to the first film. It was such a well-done story and the alternate ending turned it into the truly amazing film that it should've been (and wasn't necessarily with the original ending). I just really hope that this prequel turns out to be more than extensions of the flashbacks we saw in the first film. Anyone else excited for this prequel?