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Thursday, 25 September 2008

I Am Legend Prequel? Just what we didn't need

Warner Bros has greenlit a prequel to I Am Legend. Will Smith has signed on to reprise his role as Robert Neville, and Francis Lawrence has returned as director. According to Variety, D.B. Weiss (The Game) is writing the script based on a detailed plot outline that was developed over the past few months by Smith, Lawrence, Akiva Goldsman (producer and screenwriter of the original).

The prequel will follow Neville in the last days before and after the man-made virus kills/mutates New York City. A sequel was considered, but obviously wouldn’t have been possible without starting over with a completely new lead character/actor. No word on if author Richard Matheson was consulted about the film.


Anonymous said...

Hey I have an idea..! Why dont they actually make a film that follows the book even just a little bit. That story is way to good to be so wasted by hollywood.

Live for films said...

I agree. The original book was brilliant and I wish they had actually used it for the film. The whole I am Legend point was sort of missed!

Paul said...

Bastard Hollywood, thats what i say. but i disagree with both your comments. i really loved the book, dont get me wrong, but i actually thought the film captured the insular/claustrophobic feel about it. i'm no fan of the fresh prince, but in this he was ok. he's gotta learn to walk away from a job done. and i'll admit i shed a tear about the 'dog scene'. if you didnt then Satan will welcome you home.....