Warner Bros. is Rebooting 'I Am Legend' Without Will Smith Involved
After years of trying to figure out the right way to do a sequel to the 2007 apocalyptic action thriller I Am Legend starring Will Smith, it sounds like Warner Bros. has finally figured it out. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) for fans of the original film, it won't have Will Smith involved, and will actually be a reboot of the property with hopes of a new franchise being launched. Deadline reports the the studio is toying with a spec script by Gary Graham called A Garden at the End of the World that they will retrofit into a reboot of I Am Legend. Graham was a mere Apple store employee who had his script get buzz after posting it on The Black List website, and ended up getting representation because of it. More below!
Warner Bros. picked up the script that is described as a sci-fi version of the classic John Wayne film The Searchers, and while they asked Graham to rewrite his script as usual, they also talked to I Am Legend producers about the scripts similarity in themes and even mythology, and they decided to have the script be reworked for an I Am Legend reboot. The original film's producers, Akiva Goldsman at Weed Road, James Lassiter at Overbrook Entertainment and Joby Harold at Safehouse Pictures, are back in the same capacity, and they'll be joined by Roy Lee At Vertigo and Graham's manager Brooklyn Weaver.
That officially means that any sequel to I Am Legend is dead in the water. Warner Bros. tried several times to make it happen. Akiva Goldsman confirmed the project probably wouldn't happen earlier this year, and he even detailed what the story would have been. The first film took in $586 million worldwide, but it's hard to say just how much of that was due to the box office appeal of Will Smith as an international superstar. Is there a chance that this property is interesting enough to be rebooted and get audiences in the seats without Will Smith involved? It likely depends on who takes the lead roles. Stay tuned.