In 2008, a year after the magnificent worldwide success of “I Am Legend,” there was a lot of speculation in the media about its makers thinking about a prequel. But the plans of making that movie never came to fruition and everyone forgot.
However, Deadline has just run a report, according to which, an agreement has been struck between Warner Bros. and producer Akiva Goldsman to make another “I Am Legend” flick. But instead of the previously talked about prequel, the second instalment of the aspiring franchise will be a sequel.
The second “I Am Legend” movie’s screenplay writer will be a newcomer named Arash Amel, who is known for his scribing on “Grace of Monaco.” The sequel’s protagonist will once again be Will Smith, but he won’t sign any papers until the script is fully finished.
Writing the sequel will not be an easy job for Amel, since Smith’s character was killed off at the end of the first movie. And now that the 43-year-old actor is being re-signed, the writer would have to show some creativity to justify his survival.
Francis Lawrence, who is being lined up for the director’s role, is also a little known fella just like the movie’s writer Amel.
“I Am Legend,” which is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie based on Richard Matheson’s novel of the same name, has raked in more than $585 million for its makers in worldwide revenue since its release in 2007. It revolves around a scientist who finds himself all alone in the New York City after a deadly virus kills everyone but him.