That 'I Am Legend' Follow-Up is Coming Back to Life at Warner Bros.
Over three years ago, Warner Bros. greenlit a prequel to the 2007 hit I Am Legend, but the project fell apart. Now it appears the studio is giving the film new life again, but it's not being called a prequel this time. Will Smith even revealed himself years ago that the film would follow the fall of Manhattan, but it doesn't seem like that's the story anymore. Either way, Deadline reports WB has closed deals with producer Akiva Goldsman and Smith's Overbrook Entertainment banner to get a follow-up off the ground. However, Smith won't commit to star until the script is ready, and there's no word on just how much work needs to be done.
In addition, it's not clear if director Francis Lawrence is being brought in for the film, but fresh writer Arash Amel is going to write the script. At this point, I can't really see how a follow-up with Smith in the lead role can't be a prequel unless, spoiler alert, they have some kind of magic way to explain how Robert Neville didn't actually die at the end of the film. A prequel just makes more sense than a sequel, but I guess we'll have to leave it to Amel to figure out how to bring Neville back from the dead, if it's even necessary. Hopefully the project actually comes together this time and doesn't end up falling apart like New York City.