‘I Am Legend 2′ with Will Smith is Officially Moving Forward

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 18th, 2012 at 12:25 pm,

i am legend 2 will smith I Am Legend 2 with Will Smith is Officially Moving Forward

There have been rumblings about an impending second installment in the I Am Legend (would-be) franchise being made, ever since the original 2007 film grossed over half a billion dollars worldwide in theaters. Warner Bros. has finally struck a deal to do just that, with Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman – who co-wrote and produced the original Legend adaptation – now onboard to collaborate on the project (in some form).

Here’s where things get a bit tricky. The second I Am Legend flick is (as Deadline puts it) “not being called a prequel,” and is being fashioned so as to allow Will Smith to reprise his role as scientist Robert Neville (if the A-lister so chooses).

Quick history lesson: some three years ago, Smith reportedly conceived an idea for an I Am Legend prequel, the setup for which would have seen the Robert Neville character team up with pockets of survivors in the aftermath of an apocalyptic man-made virus – resulting in him “interacting, bonding, and ultimately failing to save them,” thus setting the stage for the events of I Am Legend.

However, that idea was scrapped in favor of a more direct sequel. The script for I Am Legend 2 was to be written by then-unknown D.B. Weiss (now, known as the co-creator of HBO’s Game of Thrones TV series) and would have somehow allowed for Smith to reprise his role as Mr. Neville, despite his (spoiler?) having been seemingly blown up by a grenade during the climax of the first film.

Jump to the present and Warner Bros. has instead recruited up-and-comer Arash Amel (The Expatriate) to pen the initial draft for the new I Am Legend movie. There’s no word yet on whether or not the project is still being fashioned as a sequel – though, it could be in a state of flux similar to the studio’s 300 spin-off, a film which was long assumed to be a prequel/midquel, but has recently been labeled a sequel instead.

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Smith is expected to return for the second 'I Am Legend' installment

Assuming the second installment of I Am Legend is not simply a prequel-in-disguise, there are two ways for a Smith-starring sequel to make sense (sort of):

  1. Robert Neville is featured heavily in flashbacks, in a manner similar to how I Am Legend chronicles the chaotic quarantine of Manhattan (via its protagonist’s memories).
  2. Amel’s screenplay accepts I Am Legend‘s alternate ending (which partly restores the thematic value of Richard Matheson’s source material, while also allowing Robert Neville to live) as being “canon” – and ignores the much-decried climax to the film adaptation’s theatrical cut.

Obviously, the easier (and, frankly, more interesting) route would be to develop a prequel along the lines of what Smith originally had in mind, rather than attempting to awkwardly navigate around the conclusion to the theatrically-released version of I Am Legend. For the time being, though, it seems that the former may NOT be what Warner Bros. has in mind. Make of that what you will.

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We will keep you posted on the status of the new I Am Legend installment (be it prequel or sequel) as the story develops.

Source: Deadline

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  1. fantastic, i love all his movies, he is the one actor i know about where everyone one of the persons video is amazing

  2. I am such a huge fan of the first movie. I can’t get enough. I hope this second movie is the first 3 years from the time the infection started. That way they can bring Will Smith back and everthing will be explained. Also, it will show us what happened to his family and the rest of the world. When I watch the first one, I find myself wanting to see the 3 years the skipped.I’m just so happy that they are finally coming out with a number 2. I can hardly wait…

    • Wasn’t it obvious what happened to his family?

      His wife and daughter were in the one helicopter, a nearby helicopter careened out of control when some people tried to ride on the outside of it. Just before it’s seen that the one helicopter crashes into the one his family is in – he wakes up. To me, it was obvious – they died.

      • Yea but it’s not spose to be about his family it says it’s about other survivors who are immune so they live in NYC and they all get killed because Nevill fails to save them.

        • Are you trying to respond to the person before, who said Part 2 should be about what happened to the family? The person you posted your response to was saying “we already know what happened to his family, it was in the movie.”

  3. it would be soo good if they went with the alternate ending, it would be epic hpw the colany in virginia survivs and all that stuff

    • I like the original ending where he finds the cure, although he dies. He doesn’t find it in the alternate ending. It only makes sense to end that way. It would be kind of like if Jack had gotten into a lifeboat and lived at the end of Titanic.

  4. The alternate ending was so good. I was really disappointed they chose something different for the theater. The ending sucked. It put a non neccesary term to the story.

    • The way it originally ends was priceless because he found the cure where as in the alternate he does not which defeats the whole purpose of him becoming a “legend”

      • Read the book. That is not the reason he becomes a legend

  5. i think it would be pretty simple to do a sequel in which will smith comes back as one of the monsters but was hurt badly when the explosion went off and has recovered as a monster and is cured with his own cure and then helps to restore all the other monsters back to humans with the ending being that everyone apart from casualtys along the way is restored to normal human states!! with the whole world trying to recover this could be a great film!

    • That can’t happen because he’s immune to the disease!

    • That actually sounds interesting, i went through a quick plot design in my head with that idea. problem is obviously the fact that he’s immune, it’s hollywood, there is always a way around that! would be a good story of goin through hell and finding a way to come out on top

    • The movie will be too cheesy if they put it that way and besides he cant become a monster even if he wanted to and He was right in the center of the explosion.

  6. You should have the girl in it that was in the first one go back and find other people with her now older son

  7. You should have the girl in it that was in the first one go back and find other people with her now older son.

  8. I would have Mr. W.Smith survive part#1 by contemplateing his diminished blowing self up, thus changing his mind at the final sec.optioning instead to save self an pursue with cure of out break. Any questions call at 3479328479 address 564 kosciusko st bklyn 11221. Love to assist. Thank you

  9. Just like Bobby Ewing… he should wake up in the shower and find it was all a dream ;)

    Seriously tho, I AM LEGEND’s alternate ending was excellent, and I for one am peeing my pants in anticipation of a sequel.

  10. Best movie, I hope they make #2 PLEASE

  11. What are you guys talking about?! The alternate ending was horrible. The beasts showed no signs of human intelligence until the last ten minutes of the movie. Neville should come back as an angel/ghost (sorry I someone already said this I didnt read all of them) because Ana is very religious. He should only be seen by Ana and Ethen

    • Buddy, the night seekers did show signs of human intelligence. How do you think Neville got captured when “Frank” randomly showed up in the middle of the street? It was the alpha-night seeker who devised that trap.

    • him coming back as an angel is a terrible idea full stop! at least thats my opinion anyway.

      • Yeah they did show signs of intelligence and as far as will smiths character he cant survive the grenade definently blew him to pieces but with that said i am still anticipating the sequel or prequel….

    • That has to be the stupidest idea ever mentioned. You should have watched the movie a bit closer.

  12. It would be cool if the girl in part 1 was pregnant. She has the baby and it’s Will Smith’s son Jaden who goes back to Manhattan to learn about his Father and ultimately finds him…LOL

  13. Please Hollywood make this happen!

  14. I think a sequel would be great where smith comes back all scarred non the less but back :) It would also make a good story for his daughter to be alive in the unaffected area as she has his blood and could also be immune :)

  15. oh just remembered his wife n kid got blown up =/ scraps my idea

  16. you do realize that he dies in the first movie and this is complete b******* correct?

  17. sequal!!! although i liked both endings, the thought of nevel doing it again and obviously gonna be as good if not better than the first, i’m on board all the way!!

    • they could do a 2 part film .like the kill bill`s.The first could be the stuff that went on in the 3 years after kv hit.The 2nd one would be smith and that sexy latino bird heading up to the mountins and going from bad to worse.sounds gud to me.

  18. Perhaps… The ending of the film could portay is demise as somewhat of a dream… starting the movie with the final showdown between him and the 2 survivors. This is a dream he could wake up to when he realizes the lady is cooking bacon.
    He then properly prepares for the assault due to his lucid dream. makes it into the vent, rigs the place to go with the lady monster now in remission and the 2 other survivors… The lady monster being of both mind and body… After that it is up to W. Smith to try and uncover the secrets of the monsters via the stories of the girl monster…
    This is an absolutely plausible plot. Turn that last event into a lucid dream… Hollywood has played the route a thousand times over.

    And that is what really grinds my gears… back to you Diane

    • i like your idea

      especially the part with bacon

    • I love this idea. It is an easy out for the writers and really the only thing that makes sense without bring to cheesy. Also love the family guy reference, I think we both watch to much tv, lol!!

    • Wow. Now THAT’S a well thought out workaround. After all, he was having all those other plaguing dreams. And dreams are a reflection/reaction of things that happen during our waking hours. YES! A lucid dream!

  19. When will this be happening?!
    I swear If there’s a dog dying in this second one I’ll kill some one!

  20. куллный филм супер !

  21. i love this movie.i hope it will be part !2!
    i love u WILl

  22. Looking forward with great anticipation that there will be a second installment of this movie!

  23. I loved the movie I am Legend PLEASE make the second part of it

  24. Omgosh! I hope there will be another “I am Legend”. I think they should start the 2nd one off as Robert interacts with the disease man withthe gernade in hand, but in slow motion rewind the exposing as to when Robert was in place. He should throw the gernade and hide in a cellar with the lady and her child.

  25. Didn’t he die in I am legend the first lol.

  26. there should be a space time mixup where the main character and samantha both end up alive in a cornfield lol

  27. And its happening. Its going to be a prequel. I had recently heard from someone I know who knows the actors. AND ITS GUNNA HAPPEN!?! :)

  28. I would be a way better story line if they started off with the alternet ending and moved forward from there. Showing him and Anna and the boy go to the surviver camp together and fighting a virus war trying to save everyone left. I think it should include way better action senses and include more heart felt moments. The last movie was good but they could do way better. I can’t wait to see I am Legend II :)

  29. I would be a way better story line if they started off with the alternet ending and moved forward from there. Showing him and Anna and the boy go to the surviver camp together and fighting a virus war trying to save everyone left. I think it should include way better action senses and include more heart felt moments. The last movie was good but they could do way better. I can’t wait to see the second installment of I am Legend.