Fans of the post-apocalyptic thriller “I Am Legend” have reason to rejoice as Warner Bros. gears up for the sequel, “I Am Legend 2,” more than a decade after the original’s release. Avika Goldsman, who wrote the original film, has confirmed the exciting news following his multi-year deal with the studio. Here’s everything we know about this highly anticipated sequel.
“I Am Legend 2” is generating significant buzz as it marks the return of Will Smith and introduces Michael B. Jordan to the post-apocalyptic world. Smith, who portrayed virologist Robert Neville in the original film, will reprise his role and also take on a producer’s role alongside Jordan. While specific details about Jordan’s character are being kept under wraps, their collaboration promises an exciting dynamic in this highly anticipated sequel.
One of the most intriguing aspects of “I Am Legend 2” is its commitment to following the alternate ending found in Richard Matheson’s original novel and the alternate conclusion of the first film. This creative choice will provide fans with a fresh perspective on the story, as it explores the aftermath of Smith’s character surviving, setting the stage for a captivating narrative.
Despite earlier speculations about a prequel, the sequel’s development signifies a departure from those plans. Director Francis Lawrence clarified back in 2011 that a prequel was unlikely to materialize, and instead, the focus has shifted to expanding the original story’s universe.
The influence of “The Last of Us,” a popular post-apocalyptic video game that also received an HBO adaptation starring Pedro Pascal, played a pivotal role in shaping the sequel. Avika Goldsman, the writer of “I Am Legend 2,” drew inspiration from the game’s portrayal of a world reclaimed by nature after a significant lapse of time. This influence promises to bring a visually stunning and thought-provoking element to the film, particularly in its depiction of a transformed New York City.
Alicia Braga, who portrayed a survivor alongside Smith in the original film, has expressed her eagerness to reprise her role in the sequel. While she was taken by surprise upon learning of the sequel’s development, Braga’s enthusiasm to return to the franchise adds an extra layer of excitement. With a talented cast and a commitment to honoring the source material, “I Am Legend 2” is poised to captivate audiences once again with its post-apocalyptic tale.