Who Wants a Prequel to I AM LEGEND?
Posted by Frosty
While rumors of a sequel/prequel to “I Am Legend” have been floating around cyberspace since the movie first came out, I never actually thought anything would become of them. After all, the movie ends in a way that would make a sequel not as enticing for box office reasons, and who needs to see a prequel where we watch the virus spread around New York City and the world? It’s not like we don’t know what happens.
But when the biggest movie star on the planet is your lead and he wants to make a movie….you do what he wants, even if it’s not a good artistic decision.
That’s why Warner Bros. is starting to set up a prequel to “I Am Legend,” and they’re trying to get Will Smith and director Francis Lawrence to return.
Look, I really enjoyed “I Am Legend” and think the director’s cut on the DVD is even better. I think Will Smith was great as Scientist Robert Neville and Francis Lawrence is a director clearly on the up swing.
That’s why it’s disappointing they’re even thinking about making a prequel, as both of these guys can greenlight any movie and I’d rather they team up on a new property and not return to a story that doesn’t need to be told.
If they really wanted to make a prequel, write a comic book or do an animated movie. Don’t waste a year or two working on something when they’re so much other great material out there.nOf course I’d still watch the movie, I just don’t think it needs to be done.
According to Variety:
“The studio has set D.B. Weiss to write a script that is based on a detailed outline that was hatched over the past few months by Smith, Goldsman, Lassiter and Lawrence.
The prequel will chronicle the final days of humanity in New York before a man-made virus caused a plague that left Smith’s character the lone survivor among a mutated mob in the city.”