I Am Legend 2 Release And More: Warner Bros. is preparing for the sequel to the successful 2007 film “I Am Legend,” starring Will Smith. The original movie, based on Richard Matheson’s classic 20th-century novel, received both critical acclaim and financial success, marking one of Will Smith’s notable blockbuster performances. As details about “I Am Legend 2” remain under the rug, there is high anticipation for the continuation of the post-apocalyptic storyline. As the project progresses, more information will likely be out, offering fans insights into the upcoming sequel.
I Am Legend 2 Release
An official release date for I Am Legend 2 has not been disclosed, given that the project is currently in its early developmental stages. The sequel was formally announced in March 2022, according to Deadline, with Akiva Goldsman returning to write the script.
While there have been limited updates on the movie’s progress, a February 2023 report from Deadline indicated that the project was still advancing. Goldsman’s production company, Weed Road, secured a first-look deal with Warner Bros. for the film. As part of this new agreement, Goldsman hinted at the excitement surrounding “two projects that are fun,” with I Am Legend 2 being the first of these.
“We’re starting with two projects that are fun and very much Warners; the sequel to ‘I Am Legend,’ with Will and Michael B. Jordan, and the sequel to ‘Constantine’ with Keanu Reeves that Francis Lawrence is going to direct. So I’m coming out of the gate fast. We’re doing it with JJ Abrams, and Francis and Keanu and I have been pretty deep in the story breaking stage.”
Despite being in the early stages of development, I Am Legend 2 has not secured a director for the mutant-filled sequel. The original I Am Legend director, Francis Lawrence, has expressed interest in returning to the post-apocalyptic world but has not officially committed to directing the project at this point. The search for a director is ongoing as the film progresses through its developmental phase.
Will Smith, at the Red Sea International Film Festival in December 2023, confirmed to Variety that a new script for I Am Legend 2 had been finalized. He mentioned that he was on the verge of discussing the project with his co-star Michael B. Jordan.
Possible Plot of I Am Legend 2
In March 2022, producer Jon Mone shared with Deadline that fans can anticipate an “incredibly cool” storyline for the sequel.
“It is an unbelievably cool idea, an idea that made [Will] and Akiva believe that it was worth telling another story. I really can’t say [if it’s based on any of the graphic novels], but it’s based on the minds of Will, and Akiva, and Michael B. Jordan, who came up with this incredible angle on how you can continue that story.”
Writer Akiva Goldsman has disclosed that I Am Legend 2 will continue the story “a few decades later than the first film.” The sequel will draw inspiration from the popular PlayStation video game and HBO drama, The Last of Us.
“This will start a few decades later than the first… I’m obsessed with ‘The Last of Us,’ where we see the world just post-apocalypse but also after a 20-30-year lapse. You see how the earth reclaims the world, and there’s something beautiful in the question of, as man steps away from being the primary tenant, what happens? That will be especially visual in New York. I don’t know if they’ll climb up to the Empire State Building, but the possibilities are endless.”
“We trace back to the original Matheson book, and the alternate ending as opposed to the released ending in the original film. What Matheson was talking about was that man’s time on the planet as the dominant species had come to an end. That’s a really interesting thing we’re going to get to explore. There will be a little more fidelity to the original text.”
I Am Legend 2 is not official yet.