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Warners Sets Writer For New I Am Legend
Arash Amel will work on the script

18 February 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Warners Sets Writer For New I Am Legend

It’s no secret that Warner Bros. has had its eye on a follow-up to Will Smith-starring apocalypto-thriller I Am Legend ever since the original film made lots of dosh at the box office. But while a prequel was first mooted back in 2008, with DB Weiss engaged to chronicle the last days of New York, that plan now seems to have evolved into an unspecified follow-up.

Still, the studio has made deals with producer Akiva Goldsman and Smith’s company Overbrook Entertainment to get the gears moving again, and writer Arash Amel has snagged the job of finding some way to explore the story from another angle.

Just what angle that might be is another matter. The teeny tiny sticking point is that, um – SPOILER ALERT! – Smith’s scientist character Robert Neville sacrificed his life at the end of the first film. But as Mr Spock could tell you, there is rarely a true death in science fiction. Plus, we suppose there are other adventures to talk about.

The prequel idea may yet rear its head again, but given that the movie showed the decline of Manhattan (and, by extension, the world) in a succinct fashion, you have to wonder if there’s truly anything left to delve into there. No, we figure they’ll just go ahead and do something like cloning Neville. Oooh… Or he could have somehow survived the kaboom finale of movie to become the villain this time around! The Not So Fresh Prince Of NYC…

Whatever it mutates into, we’re not expecting to see the movie immediately. Smith is busy and is waiting to see what Amel – who has been wowing studios with his Grace Kelly script Grace Of Monaco – can produce before he signs on.


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Sequel with Prequel undertones could be nice
I think it might be cool to explore a sequel that ties in with some kind of documentation (journal, notes, or even the video documenting he did for experiments) then we could see the journey continue towards it's end (and get closer to some of the characters in this Post Will Smith time) while still being able to keep several flashback tie ins to show things that could be considered a prequel. Maybe having the other characters find and explore his footage while striving for their own salvation? More

Posted by silvershooter at 18:48 on 19 February 2012 | Report This Post

Sequel with Prequel undertones could be nice
I think it might be cool to explore a sequel that ties in with some kind of documentation (journal, notes, or even the video documenting he did for experiments) then we could see the journey continue towards it's end (and get closer to some of the characters in this Post Will Smith time) while still being able to keep several flashback tie ins to show things that could be considered a prequel. Maybe having the other characters find and explore his footage while striving for their own salvation? More

Posted by silvershooter at 18:41 on 19 February 2012 | Report This Post

Sequel with Prequel undertones could be nice
I think it might be cool to explore a sequel that ties in with some kind of documentation (journal, notes, or even the video documenting he did for experiments) then we could see the journey continue towards it's end (and get closer to some of the characters in this Post Will Smith time) while still being able to keep several flashback tie ins to show things that could be considered a prequel. Maybe having the other characters find and explore his footage while striving for their own salvation? More

Posted by silvershooter at 18:30 on 19 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: I Am A Leg End
The movie was shite, as is this idea. More

Posted by rich at 17:13 on 19 February 2012 | Report This Post

I Am A Leg End
Surprised at the all the negativity about I Am Legend. I thought it was a good film (yes, I have read the book too) and it made over half a billion dollars worldwide, hence the sequel. It will probably be a prequel that fills in the gap between the first appearance of the virus up to Will Smith being the last man alive for ao long (or so he thinks). I agree about the CGI not being so great, actors would be better next time. More

Posted by BenTramer at 16:29 on 19 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: YAAAAAAWWWWWNNNN.....
I was going to comment on this but everything has been said that needs to be said in the previous posts. I couldn't agree more with you all. More

Posted by nollyg at 12:11 on 19 February 2012 | Report This Post

A new low for sequels...
What...on...earth...? The film had about two good scenes, but otherwise was a rubbish adaptation, so why the hell would a sequel that shouldn't even exist be any better? Just read the book. More

Posted by Whistler at 02:16 on 19 February 2012 | Report This Post

Readapt?
As a huge fan of the novel, the only way I could be persuaded this was a good idea is if they went for a straight readaptaion with new cast, directors, etc. Then maybe Will Smith could get out that memory-vaporiser doo-whicky he runs about with in the MIB films, and erase the sorry affair that was his take on 'Legend from my memory for once and for all.. More

Posted by JamieNC at 20:15 on 18 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: YAAAAAAWWWWWNNNN.....
If they get rid of the stupid CGI zombies and actually put real people in zombie make up (which is what they should've done in the first place) then make it an 18 it might work. But that wont happen sadly. More

Posted by Spaldron at 19:03 on 18 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: YAAAAAAWWWWWNNNN.....
Given that the ending of the previous film basically abandoned the entire point of the source material, how can a continuation happen? Here you go, Hollywood off top of my head, as per usual when I do this type of thing... INVISITEXTED FOR REASONS OF PRETENTIOUSNESS:ontinue from where the last movie left off. With the apparent decision to sacrifice himself carried out, Smith's character is somehow alone again with his dog. Cue 'Am I dead? Is this my Heaven? Was this always my Heaven? More

Posted by jobloffski at 18:53 on 18 February 2012 | Report This Post

YAAAAAAWWWWWNNNN.....
Scraping. Barrel. Bottom. More

Posted by Hands Randall at 17:56 on 18 February 2012 | Report This Post

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