After 15 years since the original film, a sequel to 'I Am Legend' has finally been confirmed.
I Am Legend is the post-apocalyptic action thriller film starring Will Smith that was released in 2007. At the time, the film had the largest-ever box office opening and received a lot of positive reviews from critics and audiences alike, and Smith's dog companion in the film also became a star. It was loosely based on the 1954 novel of the same name by Richard Matheson. A follow-up to the film has been talked about ever since the success of the first film was apparent.
At the time, Smith had shared: "We have a fantastic prequel idea…we’re still trying to work through a couple of bumps in the story. It’s essentially the fall of the last city – the last stand of Manhattan." After 15 years since the original film, a sequel to I Am Legend has finally been confirmed.
Will Smith took to his social media to share a picture of a still from I Am Legend. He also tagged Michael B. Jordan in the picture without much elaboration. Deadline was able to confirm that Warner Bros. is putting together a sequel to I Am Legend. Smith will be coming back to the project and will be joined by the Black Panther actor as well. So far, no details about other casts, plot, and other details have been revealed but chances are Smith will most likely be reprising his role as virologist Dr. Robert Neville. It is also unclear if it will be set before or after the events of the first film.
The story of I Am Legend follows US Army virologist Robert and is set in New York City. He becomes the last human survivor after a virus outbreak. The virus that was originally created to cure cancer, ends up wiping out most of mankind, leaving Robert as the last human in New York in the company of other nocturnal mutants. Robert is, however, immune to the virus, and he works to develop a cure while defending himself against the hostile mutants. (Spoiler alert!) Considering Smith's character ends up dead in the film, chances are the original prequel Smith spoke about could be the new premise.
"The movie would be…within the body of the movie D.C. and then Manhattan would fall as the last city," he had explained. "It’s a really cool idea trying to figure it out…there’s a reason why we have to take a small band and we have to get into D.C. So we have to make our way from New York to D.C. and then back to New York." Smith also assured at the time that the dog would be included in the story and would be a puppy since we're going back in time.
Akiva Goldsman who was a part of the original film will also be joining the project but no director is attached to the film yet.