Warner Bros is now moving forward with a sequel to the 2007 film I Am Legend.
The company has closed deals with Akiva Goldsman and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment for the sequel. The original made $585.3 million worldwide on a budget of $150 million. They want Will Smith to star as Robert Neville, who was the last man on earth after a man-made virus wiped out the population, except for mutated monsters.
Arash Amel (The Expatriate, Grace of Monaco) will write the script. The film is not being called a prequel, so it remains to be seen how Smith’s character will return. It’s unknown if director Francis Lawrence will come back at this point.
Three years ago Will Smith described the potential sequel. He said: “It’s essentially the fall of the last city – the last stand of Manhattan. The movie would be…within the body of the movie D.C. and then Manhattan would fall as the last city. 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.”
We’ll keep you posted!