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Back in 2007, I Am Legend – starring Will Smith – proved to be a huge hit after grossing over $585 million worldwide. That success obviously led to talk of a sequel, but for whatever reason, it just never happened (despite numerous reports to the contrary).
Co-writer and producer Akiva Goldsman recently sat down with io9 to talk about his upcoming adaptation of Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel, Winter’s Tale, and the subject of a follow-up to I Am Legend quickly came up. After quite clearly stating that there was “never” talk of an I Am Legend 2, he added:
“Oh no no, [there was] never a movie. I mean, we wrote a prequel [and] a sequel. We had a really interesting prequel, which was the first outbreak of the virus, during a Thanksgiving Day parade, which was awesome.
We did a really interesting prequel that [took place] later. Which was right after the first… really right when the »
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While promoting his upcoming "Winter's Tale" film, Akiva Goldsman spoke about the sequel to Will Smith's "I Am Legend" that never actually happened despite the fact that the first movie grossed almost $600 million at the box office. So why didn't we get a sequel? "Oh we tried," he said. "There were scripts. We really tried. We wrote a prequel [and] a sequel. We had a really interesting prequel, which was the first outbreak of the virus, during a Thanksgiving Day parade, which was awesome. We did [another] really interesting prequel that [took place] later, which was right after the first [outbreak]. Right when the population of humans became pretty decimated. And it was this sort of trek to Washington. Which included a dark seeker elephant that had broken out of the zoo." It was a year after "I Am Legend" hit theaters that Smith started talking about a prequel being in the works, teasing that his dog would return, »
Akiva Goldsman, out stumping for his feature directing debut Winter’s Tale, chatted with iO9 about the I Am Legend sequel that never came to be. The writer and producer spoke rather openly about the project, which Hollywood seemed desperate to get Will Smith back for- despite his character’s fate in the original film. But it seems that this one went the way of Independence Day 2, with Smith refusing to take part in any planned follow-ups. Without Smith, there could be no I Am Legend 2, so Goldsman talked a bit about what might have been:
“I mean, we wrote a prequel [and] a sequel. We had a really interesting prequel, which was the first outbreak of the virus, during a Thanksgiving Day parade, which was awesome. We did a really interesting prequel that [took place] later. Which was right after the first… really right when the population of of humans became pretty decimated. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Even though (Spoiler Alert) both Will Smith and his dog died during the epic climax of I Am Legend, Warner Bros. was desperate to get a sequel off the ground due to the movie's overwhelming success. And they went to some pretty insane lengths to justify a story. Sadly, I Am Legend 2 never got off the ground and languished in development Hell for a long period before all involved walked away empty handed. Now, writer/producer Akiva Goldsman has revealed what some of those crazy ideas were.
Akiva Goldsman is out promoting his directorial feature Winter's Tale, which is in theaters this week just in time for Valentine's Day, and he was happy to share some of his failed script ideas for I Am Legend 2 with io9.
Here, he explains how they wrote both a prequel, which involves the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and a sequel. He also mentions a Dark Seeker Elephant, »
Some two years ago, many an eyebrow was raised when a report emerged claiming that Warner Bros. had begun development on a sequel to the sci-fi post-apocalyptic thriller I Am Legend as a new starring vehicle for Will Smith – seeing how his character from the first movie, scientist Robert Neville, was having trouble with things like breathing and being alive by the movie’s end (unlike in the alternate conclusion to the film that had been originally shot, but later discarded for the theatrical cut).
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