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It's the Booze Talkin': No Will Smith? No I Am Legend 2!

Jun. 19, 2012by: Ammon Gilbert

Richard Matheson’s I AM LEGEND is one of the greatest sci-fi/horror novellas out there, and one of my all-time favorite reads. From its first-person perspectives to the impending doom of the situation, it’s a fantastic read for anyone who hasn’t hunted it down yet. So a few years back, when it was announced Will Smith was going to star as the last man on Earth in a big-budget Hollywood take on the flick, I had semi-high hopes for it being totally awesome, and living up to the story Matheson wrote so many years ago. And while it wasn’t the greatest flick ever (wait… he wasn’t the last man Earth???), the first half was solid, and Big Willie Style did a damn good job carrying the whole film on his shoulders. The flick made a ton of money so it was inevitable that it would spawn a sequel, but according to Smith just this last week, he’s not going to be involved with I AM LEGEND 2 (and yes, we know how the first film ended, this is Hollywood after all). Say whaaaat???

 

Not that Smith is as relevant as he was when I AM LEGEND was released, but he’s still a relatively big star, and one that people still have faith in and will flock to the theater to see what he’s up to (case in point, MEN IN BLACK 3). The thing is, one of the reasons why I AM LEGEND was so successful was Will Smith. Not the crappy CGI zombie/vampires, not the chick and her kid, not the f*cking dog, but Smith. Grandmas love that guy, and I’m sure a few of them showed up just to see what the hell Smith was up to. Take him out of I AM LEGEND 2 and what do you have? You have a lame sequel that will feel like a straight-to-DVD piece of crap, and not a legit, Hollywood sequel.

 

Sometimes, and I stress sometimes, a sequel to a popular flick can do OK if the main star from the original doesn’t show up. I haven’t seen it yet, but JOURNEY 2 THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND doesn’t seem to have people in an uproar that Brendan Fraser didn’t show up. But for the most part, if the main peep isn’t back for the sequels, it’s just a bad idea. PREDATOR 2, for example, didn’t really work without Schwarzenegger. Actually, TERMINATOR SALVATION also didn’t work without Schwarzenegger, but that probably has more to do with the absence of James Cameron than anything else. No, most times if there’s a sequel without the main motherf*ckers in it, it’s STD bullshit and it just doesn’t work.

 

One argument floating around out there is that Smith doesn’t do sequels. This same argument is made by people who have forgotten all about BAD BOYS 2, MEN IN BACK 2, and MEN IN BLACK 3. The dude is a big enough star to do what he wants, and from his track record… the dude likes doing sequels. And since he signed on to do MEN IN BLACK 2, my only assumption is that the script for I AM LEGEND 2 was so bad that even Smith didn’t want to be apart of it. And if that’s the case, well then, I guess we’re all pretty much f*cked.

 

So what are they gonna do? Hire someone else to play the same dude? Have us follow another dude dealing with the same epidemic on the other side of the country? I guess I could see an entry like this taking place in San Francisco or somewhere equally as iconic and eerie, but then wouldn’t it just be a reboot/remake/revision rather than an actual sequel? My guess is the idea is to follow the rest of the survivors, where we (of course) start treading on THE WALKING DEAD style of survival in a wasteland of a zombie-like apocalypse. And without Will Smith on board, what the f*ck is the point?

 

Maybe it’s the booze talkin’, but an I AM LEGEND 2 without Will Smith is a sequel that just shouldn’t happen. Rewrite the script, throw more money at Smith, or do whatever they have to do to have him on board, otherwise… just throw in the towel and leave well-enough alone! There’s no reason for a sequel anyway, so it’s obvious they’re pulling one out of their ass at this point, so without the key player… what’s the f*cking point? It’d be different if there was an overwhelming amount of people walking around saying “When are they going to make a sequel to I AM LEGEND?” – but they’re not. No one is. That sentence doesn’t exist except for right here. No Will Smith means no I AM LEGEND 2. ‘Nuff said! Now, a WILD WILD WEST 2… that’s something I can get behind.

 

 

Extra Tidbit: Just kidding about that WILD WILD WEST 2 comment... eff that!

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12:13PM on 06/19/2012

Am I missing something?

The reason to not have Will Smith in I AM LEGEND 2 is he friggin DIED!!!! Without Will Smith you just have bad CGI creatures. No sequel is necessary period. Put it on ice and remake it someday with Neil Marshall directing it as a bad ass movie with gore and real scary ass looking creatures. I mourn the fact that the project never got off the ground way back when Arnold was attached in his hey day.
The reason to not have Will Smith in I AM LEGEND 2 is he friggin DIED!!!! Without Will Smith you just have bad CGI creatures. No sequel is necessary period. Put it on ice and remake it someday with Neil Marshall directing it as a bad ass movie with gore and real scary ass looking creatures. I mourn the fact that the project never got off the ground way back when Arnold was attached in his hey day.
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12:09PM on 06/19/2012
Has everyone forgotten that Smith died at the ending of the first movie. Unless they want to write some ridiculous way for him to have survived the explosion, of course of he won't be in the movie. Why is this even an issue?
Has everyone forgotten that Smith died at the ending of the first movie. Unless they want to write some ridiculous way for him to have survived the explosion, of course of he won't be in the movie. Why is this even an issue?
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3:43PM on 06/19/2012

fuck a sequel

give me a prequel. That's the only thing that would be interesting to me. Show me a prequel with Smith like they were SUPPOSED to make initially, showing how the infection started, what happened to his family, and how he and his dog got to where they were at the start of I Am Legend.

any other idea can go fuck it self, I have no interest in anything else.
give me a prequel. That's the only thing that would be interesting to me. Show me a prequel with Smith like they were SUPPOSED to make initially, showing how the infection started, what happened to his family, and how he and his dog got to where they were at the start of I Am Legend.

any other idea can go fuck it self, I have no interest in anything else.
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2:09PM on 06/19/2012
I agree to a point. While IMO Predator sequels and Salvation worked fine without Arnie (kill me I dug them though they were no match for the originals - not arguing that)that was down to their stories being reliant on other characters and the scope to expand the world and mythology.
I've already said when the story was previously reported pretty much exactly what you've said - without Smith IAL2 will feel cheaper STV type of flick. They need to hire an equally significant name to counter the
I agree to a point. While IMO Predator sequels and Salvation worked fine without Arnie (kill me I dug them though they were no match for the originals - not arguing that)that was down to their stories being reliant on other characters and the scope to expand the world and mythology.
I've already said when the story was previously reported pretty much exactly what you've said - without Smith IAL2 will feel cheaper STV type of flick. They need to hire an equally significant name to counter the Will Smith effect. Plot wise maybe they can actually do what the original should have done and followed the plotline of the novel a little closer making the protaganist the actual last person on Earth?
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9:38AM on 06/19/2012
No will smith for a non needed sequel from a very bad first film? mmmm Maybe it's the booze talking but that sounds like a good idea! :)
No will smith for a non needed sequel from a very bad first film? mmmm Maybe it's the booze talking but that sounds like a good idea! :)
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3:37AM on 06/20/2012
Oh, gimme a break. No Will Smith is a GOOD THING! The first one would have been netter without him. Putting Smith in any serious sci-fi flick, like I Robot, is the surest way to ensure that it will be dumbed down for the masses! Screw Will Smith - bring on I Am Legend 2!
Oh, gimme a break. No Will Smith is a GOOD THING! The first one would have been netter without him. Putting Smith in any serious sci-fi flick, like I Robot, is the surest way to ensure that it will be dumbed down for the masses! Screw Will Smith - bring on I Am Legend 2!
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10:03AM on 06/19/2012
I'm not a fan of either one.
I'm not a fan of either one.
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3:20PM on 06/19/2012
This is the movies, a lead dying doesn't mean shit! :) I also dug Salvation and Predators and don't care about this sequel with or without Smith in it...
This is the movies, a lead dying doesn't mean shit! :) I also dug Salvation and Predators and don't care about this sequel with or without Smith in it...
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