Based on Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel of the same name, I Am Legend is a suspenseful, post-apocalyptic action thriller released in 2007. The film was written by Akiva Goldsman and Mark Protosevich and directed by Francis Lawrence. Will Smith plays as US Army virologist Robert Neville. This story takes place in New York City following the outbreak of a virus designed to cure cancer, which has wiped off most of humanity, leaving Neville the last survivor.
When the virus doesn’t affect him, Neville strives to find a cure while also fighting off the mutants who are trying to kill him. The Omega Man is the third cinematic version of Matheson’s novel, following The Last Man on Earth and The Omega Man in 1964 and 1971, respectively.
Various actors and directors were tied to the project when Warner Bros. first began producing I Am Legend in 1994, but production was delayed owing to budgetary problems with the screenplay. Starting in 2006, production took place mostly in New York City, including a $5 million sequence at the Brooklyn Bridge.
After its December 14, 2007, North American and Canadian release, I Am Legend raked in $256 million in domestic ticket sales and $329 million overseas, for a grand total of $585 million, setting a new record for a non-Christmas release in the United States during the month of December. Critics gave the picture a generally excellent assessment, with Smith’s acting receiving special appreciation; the film’s deviations from the novel, notably the finale, were the focus of most of the criticism.
What Happens to “I Am Legend” at the End?
There, Anna tells Neville that they escaped the epidemic aboard a Red Cross evacuation ship from So Paulo and are now on their way to a survivors’ camp in Bethel, Vermont. No such camp exists, according to Neville, who claims it does not exist. Neville thinks he may boost the effectiveness of his therapy for the female Darkseeker by reducing her body temperature with ice as he continues to work on it. The Darkseekers who had been watching for Anna and Neville the night before break into the residence the next night. In order to protect the female subject, Neville, Anna, and Ethan escape to the basement laboratory.
Neville examines the situation as the Darkseeker alpha male slams himself into a glass door in an attempt to burst into the building. Neville cures a lady and gives her a bottle of her blood, which he then delivers to Anna before locking Ethan and her in a coal chute at the lab’s rear. The cure is saved because Neville sacrifices his life to kill the Darkseekers with a grenade.
On the next day, Anna and Ethan arrive at the Bethel survivors’ camp to get the cure from Anna and other survivors. Anna tells the storey of how Neville’s heroics and sacrifices to rescue the world made him a hero.
As a critical and economic success for Will Smith in 2007, I Am Legend has yet to get a follow-up or prequel of any kind. Particularly in today’s pop culture scene, when production companies try to harness just about any potential existing intellectual property, it’s puzzling. It’s also remarkable that Will Smith, who carried the bulk of I Am Legend on his shoulders with a complicated, genuine performance, is still bankable and a star in the making.
If you think I Am Legend wasn’t ready for a sequel, you are correct. Smith’s character, Dr. Robert Neville, died in the theatrical conclusion. A movie doesn’t require a sequel, but that has never stopped Hollywood previously, if the company thinks it can make more money. Fans frequently bemoan this issue, even as they continue to see pointless movies as a way of reinforcing the loop.
It’s worth noting that there is an Easter egg in I Am Legend that references Batman V Superman.
Francis Lawrence, the filmmaker of the original I Am Legend, has already spoken extensively about the possibility of a sequel or prequel to the film. It appears that the drive to make a profit did not exceed the obstacles to creativity for once this time.
Reasons for Why I Am Legend 2 Isn’t Happening Yet-
A prequel to I Am Legend was initially reported in 2008, and Will Smith and Francis Lawrence were in discussions to return if the script was good enough. When Smith first announced the picture, he said that Robert Neville and a squad will be making a “final stand” in Washington, D.C., against infected people.
What was revealed about Neville’s history right before New York City went down in the first film would inevitably lead to the prequel’s storyline. I Am Legend 2 was declared dead in the ocean by Lawrence in 2011 after no further development had taken place.
Despite Warner Bros.’ repeated announcements in 2012 and 2014 that it was planning an I Am Legend prequel, Smith never agreed to participate, and the two projects were abandoned. When asked about the possibility of filming another I Am Legend film in 2018, Lawrence stated that the studio was definitely interested, but that he and presumably Smith considered all of the prospective concepts inadequate.
While finding a means to bring back or clone Smith’s Neville for a sequel would feel like cheating, Lawrence believed making a prequel would be like doing a supernatural version of Contagion.
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Warner Bros. doesn’t appear interested in continuing I Am Legend 2 without Smith, so the project appears to be doomed for the time being.