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WB Returning to I Am Legend

Warner Bros. is moving head with plans for a follow-up to I Am Legend, the 2007 sci-fi film that starred Will Smith as a military scientist immune to a virus that’s killed most of humanity.

According to Deadline, the studio has closed a deal with producer Akiva Goldsman and Overbrook Entertainment for the new installment, which, contrary to three-year-old rumors, apparently isn’t a sequel. The hope of course is for Smith to reprise his role as virologist Robert Neville, who fought off mutated, cannibalistic humans in post-apocalyptic New York City while searching for a cure. Grace of Monaco screenwriter Arash Amel is penning the script for the new installment.

Director Francis Lawrence’s 2007 film, an adaptation of Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel of the same name, grossed $585 million worldwide.


  • Lord Prong

    What’s the point of doing a prequel. The film fully fleshed out a beginning, middle, and ending.  What else is to see?  I could see a sequel where the humans are trying to repopulate with the ever emerging threat of the mutants but Planet of the Apes has already explored that theme.  But a prequel, or a film set inbetween scenes from the last film sounds bizzarre.

  • Skapunkboi19

    So It’ll just be a movie about the years before the movie? I image lots of riveting scenes of will smith doing his routine and working in his lab.

  • Gary

    It would just be great if they would make a movie that was actually an adaptation of the book.  Just saying.

  • Duskknight45

    They won’t do that because there have already, if I’m correct, been movies made closer to the book and that would be boring IMO.