Akiva Goldsman Details the Now Dead 'I Am Legend' Follow-Up Plans
The last real news about a potential sequel to the 2007 blockbuster I Am Legend arrived nearly two years ago with Warner Bros. closing deals with producer Akiva Goldsman and Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment banner to get a follow-up off the ground. At the time, Smith had not yet committed and wouldn't until the script was ready. However, today we have news that the project is dead in the water as Goldsman (promoting the release of his film Winter's Tale) detailed ideas they had for a prequel and another film to follow, but insists it never came together. It's a bummer, because some of this sounds great.
"We wrote a prequel [and] a sequel. We had a really interesting prequel, which was the first outbreak of the virus, during a Thanksgiving Day parade, which was awesome. We did a really interesting prequel that [took place] later. Which was right after the first… really right when the population of of humans became pretty decimated. And it was this sort of trek to Washington. Which included a dark seeker elephant that had broken out of the zoo."
That outbreak during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade sounds like it would be one hell of a sequence, and World War Z came close to executing that with their outbreak scene in New York City to open the film. And with a sequel to follow that first prequel, it doesn't sound wholly dissimilar to the franchise that has kicked off with Rise of the Planet of the Apes and will continue this summer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Anyway, if you haven't seen the awesome alternate ending for I Am Legend yet, you can watch it here.