Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Revolution Cinema: 5 Films to Put on Your "To-See" List This July 4th Holiday Weekend Revolution Cinema: 5 Films to Put on Your "To-See" List This July 4th Holiday Weekend Donald Glover's FX Project 'Atlanta' Casts its Leads as Production Gets Underway (Atlanta is *Hot* This Year) Donald Glover's FX Project 'Atlanta' Casts its Leads as Production Gets Underway (Atlanta is *Hot* This Year) ‘Little White Lie' - Engrossing Look Into One Family's Silence, Secrets & Denial of Race - Now Streaming on Netflix ‘Little White Lie' - Engrossing Look Into One Family's Silence, Secrets & Denial of Race - Now Streaming on Netflix "Your Legacy Is More Than a Name" - Watch Michael B. Jordan in First Trailer for 'Creed' "Your Legacy Is More Than a Name" - Watch Michael B. Jordan in First Trailer for 'Creed' Trailer: Hannibal Buress Asks Life's Biggest Questions in New Comedy Central Series Coming 7/8, After 'Key & Peele' Trailer: Hannibal Buress Asks Life's Biggest Questions in New Comedy Central Series Coming 7/8, After 'Key & Peele' 'Extant' Returns to CBS 7/1. Get Caught Up w/ This 1-Minute Recap + Read What Critics Are Saying 'Extant' Returns to CBS 7/1. Get Caught Up w/ This 1-Minute Recap + Read What Critics Are Saying Today, 26 Years Ago, 'Do The Right Thing' Opened in Theaters. Watch the Cast & Crew Reunite Today, 26 Years Ago, 'Do The Right Thing' Opened in Theaters. Watch the Cast & Crew Reunite Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman & Julia Roberts Seek Justice in First Trailer for 'Secret in Their Eyes' Remake Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman & Julia Roberts Seek Justice in First Trailer for 'Secret in Their Eyes' Remake Issa Rae's HBO-Bound 'Awkward Black Girl'-esque Comedy Gets a Director Issa Rae's HBO-Bound 'Awkward Black Girl'-esque Comedy Gets a Director Watch Trailer for Fascinating New Documentary About Black Men and Chess - ‘Sideline’ Watch Trailer for Fascinating New Documentary About Black Men and Chess - ‘Sideline’ The Irresponsibility of 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' The Irresponsibility of 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' Full List of BET AWARDS Winners (Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard Take Actor Nods) Full List of BET AWARDS Winners (Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard Take Actor Nods) Zadie Smith Will Make Her Feature Screenwriting Debut, Teaming up w/ Claire Denis for Sci-Fi Project Zadie Smith Will Make Her Feature Screenwriting Debut, Teaming up w/ Claire Denis for Sci-Fi Project Haiti and the Dominican Republic - A Conflict Captured on Film Haiti and the Dominican Republic - A Conflict Captured on Film Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates 'Supremacy' Director Deon Taylor Talks Race, Horror, and Working With Lela Rochon (LAFF Premiere) 'Supremacy' Director Deon Taylor Talks Race, Horror, and Working With Lela Rochon (LAFF Premiere) Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Will Smith Says Producers Are Working On "I Am Legend" Sequel, But He Probably Won't Do It

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 16, 2012 at 11:49AM

Speaking with BBC Radio 1's Chris Moyles, while doing press for the upcoming Men In Black III in a week, Will Smith made a few declarations that I thought were worth sharing - the throughline being that he doesn't want to become, as he said, "the sequel guy," referring of course to all the sequels of films he's done in the past, like Hancock, Bad Boys, I Am Legend, and of course Men In Black.
5
Will Smith

Speaking with BBC Radio 1's Chris Moyles, while doing press for the upcoming Men In Black III in a week, Will Smith made a few declarations that I thought were worth sharing - the throughline being that he doesn't want to become, as he said, "the sequel guy," referring of course to all the sequels of films he's done in the past, like Hancock, Bad Boys, I Am Legend, and of course Men In Black.

First, on the 3rd film in the Men In Black franchise, and whether we can expected a fourth: "We were very reticent about going to a [Men In Black] part III because sometimes it looks like you're making a sequel for the sake of making a sequel."

Although as the BBC blog notes, he said he would consider making MIB 4... "if people love this one" - MIB3.

So essentially, he's not-so averse to becoming the sequel guy. If MIB3 does well (both critically and commercially I assume) then MIB4 isn't entirely out of the question.

On all the talk about a 3rd Bad Boys movie he said that he'd "potentially consider" it, adding that there has been a "groundswell" of support for it - I guess from fans primarily.

And lastly, about a sequel to I Am Legend his response was similar, saying that while producers are indeed working on a I Am Legend sequel, when asked whether he would be involved in it, Smith said "Probably not."

But then he added: "Producers are working on it. I'm not actually working on it. If it's great, I'm into it."

He ends by saying, "I don't want to be the sequel guy. I figure I've got about six or seven more years," something he said in a previous interview we shared about a week ago (the part about having 6 or 7 more years "where I can run and jump a little bit and then I'm going butt and gut for the rest of my career. Butt and gut," as he told I Am Rogue).

So it's like he's talking out of both sides of his mouth; he's not keen on any of these sequels it seems, BUT, if a number of favored things meet (specifically, support for any of them from fans especially, and I'll assume studios, and if he likes the material - essentially the script), he'd consider any or all of them.

Is that what you folks are getting from all this as well?

He'd like to move on to maybe more original, and even mature works, but he doesn't want to close the door entirely on these potential large payoffs. 


Shadow & ActNewsletter