Akiva Goldsman on the abandoned I Am Legend 2

News Glen Chapman 13 Feb 2014 - 06:24
Will Smith in I Am Legend

Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has been talking about the I Am Legend prequel that never was...

You don't need us to tell you that I Am Legend received a mixed reception upon its release in 2007. Many were unhappy, for good reason, that the film did little to honour the source material. Then there was the dodgy CG in the second half of the film. On the upside, the first half - with Will Smith seemingly left alone on Earth - was great. And even with the response being mixed, the film made a decent profit. It took $585m at the box office alone from a $150 million budget. Talk of a sequel, in spite of some difficulties with how the first film ended, soon followed.

Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has been chatting about a proposed prequel whilst promoting his directorial debut A New York Winter's Tale. He told io9 "oh, we tried. There were scripts. We really tried... we wrote a prequel and a sequel. We had a really interesting prequel, which was the first outbreak of the virus, during a Thanksgiving Day parade, which was awesome". He added that "we did a really interesting prequel that [took place] later. Which was right after the first... Really right when the population of humans became pretty decimated. And it was sort of a trek to Washington. Which included a dark seeker elephant that had broken out of a zoo".

Dark seeker elephant then? Crikey.

The I Am Legend sequel/prequel/insanityfest ultimately never happened, and never will. It almost seems a pity too...

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