After the massive success of I Am Legend, it came as no surprise that Warner Bros. wanted to fast track a sequel starring Will Smith, even though he died at the end of the first.
Website io9 caught up with producer-writer Akiva Goldsman, who shared the many failed ideas they had for an I Am Legend prequel and/or sequel, while also confirming that it will never happen.
“Oh no no, [there was] never a movie. I mean, we wrote a prequel [and] a sequel,” explained Goldsman. “We had a really interesting prequel, which was the first outbreak of the virus, during a Thanksgiving Day parade, which was awesome. We did a really interesting prequel that [took place] later. Which was right after the first… really right when the population of of humans became pretty decimated. And it was this sort of trek to Washington. Which included a dark seeker elephant that had broken out of the zoo.
“Then we did a sequel,” he continued, “ that started with Neville again — and you realized that he was cloned. We’ve tried every which way. In fact if you’re available you could be in the next movie.
“It will never happen but we really enjoyed trying to make it happen.
He concludes: “Oh we tried. There were scripts. We really tried.”
Frankly, the shockingly bad CGI was so alarming I wasn’t sure I wanted another film. Although, we kind of got one with World War Z.