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Hollywood Desperation: An I Am Legend Sequel with Will Smith?

Who cares if the hero dies at the end of the first one? The tweens won't notice.

Dave Swindle


February 17, 2012 - 9:57 am
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From Deadline.Com via Movies with Butter:

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has closed deals with Akiva Goldsman and Overbrook Entertainment to do another installment of I Am Legend,the 2007 hit film. The intention is for Will Smith to reprise his role as scientist Robert Neville, who was the last man on earth doing battle with a mutated mob in New York City after an apocalyptic man-made virus wiped out the population.


The other quandary is this: if it isn’t a prequel, how to get past Smith’s character’s demise at the first film’s end? These of course are semantics in the tent pole game. Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures are casting a continuation of 300, another hit film where all the major characters croaked.

Come on! Is it that hard to just write a new script with Will Smith as a post-apocalyptic action hero? Is it really necessary to spoil I Am Legend with a reheated regurgitation?

David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.
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