I Am Legend

Warner Bros. really, really wanted to make a franchise out of the Will Smith-starrer I Am Legend. And they tried really, really hard to make a sequel or prequel, to no avail. Smith just didn’t seem interested.

But now they’ve found another way to revive the property without involving Smith. I Am Legend will come back as a reboot, based on a script that originally had nothing to do with I Am Legend. Hit the jump for more on the I Am Legend reboot.

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I Am Legend Sequel Rumors

I Am Legend

The rumors we reported back in August regarding a sequel to I Am Legend have apparently moved one step closer to the big screen. According to ShockTillYouDrop, author Richard Matheson just signed off sequel rights to his 1957 novel to Warner Bros.

Meanwhile, the film’s screenwriter, Mark Protosevich, continues to express his involvement with a follow-up set a decade in the future. Whether Will Smith will return is still under wraps, though the actor has expressed strong reluctance to star in sequels in recent interviews. If you’ve seen the somber smash hit, wouldn’t a sequel undermine the movie’s entire message and title, sort of like how the film version undermined the book’s big reveal? Um, I think so.

With the film quickly ascending up the ladder to reside as the sixth biggest domestic film of 2007 (and maybe higher), and raking it in internationally, can we officially give some credit to the mannequins? They were excellent.

I Am Legend Sequel?

I Am Legend

I Am Legend screenwriter Mark Protosevich is already talking about a potential sequel. The LA Times writes:

“There is no word yet on how Protosevich plans to extend the story of lone military scientist Robert Neville’s struggle to survive against a mutant populace. But it’s a good bet that he’s setting it at least 10 years in the future.”

Of course, a sequel all depends on the box office success of the first film. I Am Legend is a modern day adaptation of the classic 1954 science fiction novel by Richard Matheson. Will Smith stars as Robert Neville, a former scientist who is the last uninfected human in Manhattan, if not the world. Warner Bros has been developing the project since 1994. At one point Ridley Scott was attached to direct while Arnold Schwarzenegger was in talks to star. I Am Legend hits theaters on December 14, 2007.

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