The 2007 Warner Bros. adapted Richard Matheson’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi classic ‘I Am Legend’ holds high regard from critics and audiences likewise. The film stars Will Smith in the leading role and while the film’s ending did not leave much room for a sequel, a recent report suggests that I Am Legend 2 is said to be in the talks.
The report also mentioned that not only is Smith slated to headline the sequel, but he will also appear alongside Michael B. Jordan as co-lead in the movie.
For the unversed, in the first film, Smith portrayed Dr Robert Neville, one of the creators of a failed attempt to cure cancer. Instead of curing mankind of a virulent disease, the customized virus killed most of the human population.
The vast majority of the survivors mutated into vampire-like creatures known as Darkseekers. Robert was one of the only remaining humans, and he lived a solitary existence as he tried to find a cure.
Interestingly, the Deadline report is clear about Smith reprising his role for the new film. However, there are a few inherent issues with the sequel as considering the first part, seemingly sacrificed himself at the end of the original movie to let Anna Montez (Alice Braga) and a young boy named Ethan (Charlie Tahan) escape from the Darkseekers.
However, there was an alternate ending on the DVD and Blu-ray in which Robert survived. I Am Legend 2 wouldn’t be the first sequel to ignore inconvenient parts of the original film.
Meanwhile, there are currently no details about Jordan’s character, and the sequel’s plot remains shrouded in secrecy.
Regardless, Akiva Goldsman, the screenwriter of the original film, will return to provide the script for the sequel. A director has not been attached, and the film is still early in its development.
Furthermore, apart from Smith, Jordan, and Goldsman, I Am Legend 2 will be produced by Outlier Society’s Elizabeth Raposo, Westbrook Studios’ Jon Mone and Ryan Shimazaki, and Weed Road Pictures’ Greg Lessans.
James Lassiter will executive produce the sequel, which does not currently have a release date from Warner Bros. Pictures.
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