Will Smith Hypes 'I Am Legend 2' with Michael B. Jordan

Hollywood gears up for a thrilling post-apocalyptic adventure

by Zain ul Abedin
Will Smith Hypes 'I Am Legend 2' with Michael B. Jordan
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Will Smith recently shared exciting news about the highly anticipated sequel to the 2007 film "I Am Legend." Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the 55-year-old actor revealed that he and Michael B. Jordan have been actively working on the project.

"I think we're going to make it on screen together," Smith said, adding, "That dude is the truth, so I would love to do that." Smith, known for his role as scientist Robert Neville in the original post-apocalyptic film, hinted at the strong chemistry and innovative ideas fueling the sequel.

He mentioned that he and Jordan spent a couple of weeks together brainstorming just a month ago. "It's looking good," Smith said. "[We have some] really solid ideas." The original "I Am Legend," based on Richard Matheson's 1954 novel, featured Smith as the lone survivor in a world overrun by a disease that transformed humans into zombie-like creatures.

Fans were thrilled when news broke in March 2022 that Smith and Jordan, 37, would both star in and produce the new film. Smith confirmed the collaboration by posting a photo of a deserted street on Instagram, tagging Jordan in the image, though the post had no caption.

A Fresh Concept

In the same month, Smith expressed his enthusiasm for the sequel, attributing it to a "really, really cool concept" he and Jordan had developed. "It was one of those ones I was gonna leave alone, and then I heard the idea," Smith told Entertainment Tonight.

While details about the script remain under wraps, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman offered some insights in a February 2023 interview with Deadline. Goldsman revealed that the new film would begin several decades after the events of the first movie.

He drew inspiration from the popular series "The Last of Us," emphasizing the visual and thematic impact of a world reclaimed by nature. "You see how the earth reclaims the world, and there's something beautiful in the question of, as man steps away from being the primary tenant, what happens?" Goldsman explained, noting that New York would be a key setting for this exploration.

Goldsman also promised that the sequel would stay closer to Matheson's original novel, ensuring more "fidelity" to the source material. This commitment to authenticity, combined with the creative talents of Smith and Jordan, has fans eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the "I Am Legend" saga.

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