Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Sony Hack Reveals the Insufferable Whiteness of Hollywood Sony Hack Reveals the Insufferable Whiteness of Hollywood '106 & PARK' Says Goodbye Today, Dec 19 at 6pm, w/ Live, 2-hour, Star-Studded Finale! '106 & PARK' Says Goodbye Today, Dec 19 at 6pm, w/ Live, 2-hour, Star-Studded Finale! First Image of Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith in Upcoming HBO Biopic First Image of Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith in Upcoming HBO Biopic The Gift That Keeps on Giving - Leaked Sony Email Challenges Denzel Washington's Overseas Box Office Appeal The Gift That Keeps on Giving - Leaked Sony Email Challenges Denzel Washington's Overseas Box Office Appeal Backlash Against New VH1 Series 'Sorority Sisters' Backlash Against New VH1 Series 'Sorority Sisters' Tessa Thompson Books Female Lead Role in Ryan Coogler's 'Creed' Opposite Michael B. Jordan Tessa Thompson Books Female Lead Role in Ryan Coogler's 'Creed' Opposite Michael B. Jordan Why Aren’t We Talking About the Sexual Assault in 'Beyond the Lights'? Why Aren’t We Talking About the Sexual Assault in 'Beyond the Lights'? Page to Screen Possibilities for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'Americanah' (Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo Starring) Page to Screen Possibilities for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'Americanah' (Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo Starring) David Oyelowo Joins Lupita Nyong’o in 'Americanah' Film Adaptation David Oyelowo Joins Lupita Nyong’o in 'Americanah' Film Adaptation Leaked Sony Emails Reveal Interest in Destiny's Child Biopic + Immersive Kanye West Feature Film Experience Leaked Sony Emails Reveal Interest in Destiny's Child Biopic + Immersive Kanye West Feature Film Experience Weekend B.O. Dec. 12-14 (So How’s That Boycott Working for Ya?) Weekend B.O. Dec. 12-14 (So How’s That Boycott Working for Ya?) What Sony Pictures Chief Amy Pascal Should Do if She Sincerely Wants to Make Amends What Sony Pictures Chief Amy Pascal Should Do if She Sincerely Wants to Make Amends Ava DuVernay Earns Her Way Into the History Books - First Black Woman Director to Be Nominated for a Golden Globe Award Ava DuVernay Earns Her Way Into the History Books - First Black Woman Director to Be Nominated for a Golden Globe Award Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means My MoviePass Experience - What Works & What Could Be Improved (The Movie Theater Subscription Service) My MoviePass Experience - What Works & What Could Be Improved (The Movie Theater Subscription Service) Co-Screenwriter of 'Noah' Explains Why There Are No Black People Or POC In The Film Co-Screenwriter of 'Noah' Explains Why There Are No Black People Or POC In The Film Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) 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