It's official: more than a decade after the 2007 blockbuster hit, 'I Am Legend', a sequel is officially in development, with Will Smith and Michael B. Jordan set to light up the screen. The first installment, which raked in a whopping $585 million globally, was an adaptation of Richard Matheson's 1954 novel, and featured Smith in the compelling role of Robert Neville, a virologist navigating a post-apocalyptic world.
Akiva Goldsman, the writer behind 'I Am Legend', confirmed the sequel's development, revealing that he recently inked a multi-year contract with Warner Bros. As fans of the original anticipate a gripping follow-up, both Smith and Jordan have signed on not only to reprise their roles but also to wear the producer's hat for 'I Am Legend 2'
The upcoming movie promises a twist: it will mesh elements from Matheson's book ending and the alternate climax from the 2007 film, where Smith's character survives. Goldsman explains, “We're delving into Matheson's theme that humanity's reign as the dominant species is waning.
It's a fascinating concept, and we'll be showing more loyalty to the source material”.
From Game Inspiration to Sequel
Despite the original film's success, rumors of a potential prequel were shot down in 2011 by its director, Francis Lawrence, who stated unequivocally, "No, I don't think that's ever going to happen." An unexpected muse for Goldsman's inspiration to pen 'I Am Legend 2' was the acclaimed video game, 'The Last of Us'
This game, which recently saw an HBO adaptation starring Pedro Pascal in 2023, presents a post-apocalyptic world where nature slowly reclaims its dominion. Goldsman shared his admiration, “There's a profound beauty in observing Earth as the dominant tenant shifts.
Particularly in a city like New York, the narrative possibilities – whether it's reclaiming the Empire State Building or beyond – are boundless”. With a fresh perspective inspired by modern apocalyptic tales, Goldsman's return to the 'I Am Legend' universe promises to captivate audiences once more. For fans and newcomers alike, 'I Am Legend 2' is shaping up to be a cinematic treat.