Will Smith Could Return For An I Am Legend Sequel

By Eric Eisenberg 2012-02-17 11:06:39discussion comments
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Watching the end of I Am Legend you question the possibility of a sequel. After all, the film ends with Will Smith, the movie's biggest star, blowing himself up with a bunch of zombie/vampires while the two supporting characters, played by Alice Braga and Charlie Tahan, survive and make it to the survivor's colony. Apparently that ending isn't stopping Warner Bros. from moving forward with a sequel, though.

Deadline reports that the studio has just closed a deal with Akiva Goldsman and Smith's Overbrook Entertainment to develop a sequel to the 2007 blockbuster. What's most surprising about the news is that the project is not being called a sequel, yet it's still expected that Smith will return as Robert Neville is the next movie. Arash Amel, who scripted the upcoming Aaron Eckhart vehicle The Expatriate, has been hired to write the sequel. Amel also wrote Grace of Monaco, the biopic about actress/princess Grace Kelly. It should be noted that even though his company is attached, Smith has not yet signed on to the project, as he is waiting to see a script before making a commitment. There is no word on whether or not director Francis Lawrence will return either.

When I Am Legendcame out in late 2007 it was a smash hit, bringing in nearly $600 million internationally on a $150 million budget. While I wasn't a huge fan of the first film, I am honestly curious as to how they would be bring back Smith as the star. Could this be the first time that we see the Fresh Prince play a member of the undead?
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