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Looks Like Will Smith's "I Am Legend Prequel" Is Dead (Says Director Francis Lawrence)

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 3, 2011 5:32 AM
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Well... maybe this is one project we can scratch off the list of 30+ projects listed on Will Smith's IMDBPro page of upcoming projects.

You may all recall that, director Francis Lawrence announced in 2009 that a prequel to I Am Legend was a in the works, with Will Smith reprising his role as Robert Neville. He told Syfy then, "Yeah, if we figure out the story, I'm absolutely involved in the prequel... We've had conversations. The three of us, Will and Akiva and I, have sat down and talked, and there's a writer that's working on it right now. So we came up with the bones of a story, and now we're waiting to see a script."

As for plot details on the possible prequel, Lawrence later added that the film will center on what happened to Neville before the vicious man-made virus took over New York.

Released in December 2007, the first Will Smith film grossed almost $600 million worldwide, so, it wasn't any surprise when word of a sequel/prequel was announced.

Fast-forward to today, and Lawrence, talking to MTV, says he doesn't think the project "is ever going to happen."

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4 Comments

  • Zeus | May 3, 2011 8:25 AMReply

    Glad the prequel is not happening. The first is excellent the way it is. The flashbacks give enough of the back story. No need to make the back story into a whole movie.

  • Nadell | May 3, 2011 7:07 AMReply

    Nope, leave it as is...I AM LEGEND, period.
    The movie was awesome...just perfect! I really enjoyed it and Will Smith was flawless! There's no need to come w/ a prequel...I think it'll ruin the completeness of the film.

    It is a great movie!

  • Jug | May 3, 2011 6:17 AMReply

    Thank God for small favors. Stupid, money driven idea.

  • Laura | May 3, 2011 6:13 AMReply

    Damn, I was looking forward to it as well, more so than Hancock 2 and Men in Black 3D.

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