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Warner Bros' I am Legend is getting a reboot

10.02.2014

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Ever since I AM LEGEND hit theaters and grossed over $500 million worldwide, Warner Bros. has been trying to figure out a way to do another movie, which isn't the easiest task considering how the Will Smith film ended. At one point there was talks of a prequel, but according to Deadline, the next I AM LEGEND movie will now be a reboot.

The site has also learned the reboot will not star Will Smith, and it will be based on a retrofitted spec script written by former iPhone salesman Gary Graham called A GARDEN AT THE END OF THE WORLD. Apparently Graham's Blacklist script (which has been described as "a sci-fi version of John Wayne’s THE SEARCHERS") and I AM LEGEND have similar themes and mythology, so...why not, right?

My question is why is Warner Bros. so desperate to make another I AM LEGEND? I know it made a ton of money for the studio back in 2007, but a lot of that was because of Will Smith's star power. Even with Smith, I'm not sure how well a sequel or prequel would perform, and without the actor I'm even less confident about its box office potential.

What are your thoughts on Warner Bros. developing an I AM LEGEND reboot?

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3:10AM on 10/05/2014
Technically didn't the studios go back and shoot an alternate ending post production and after everything wrapped because of how pissed audiences were at that ending. So why not make a sequel and make the alternate ending canon. It's never been done before. But if there's one thing I've learned in Hollywood is there's always a first time for everything.
Technically didn't the studios go back and shoot an alternate ending post production and after everything wrapped because of how pissed audiences were at that ending. So why not make a sequel and make the alternate ending canon. It's never been done before. But if there's one thing I've learned in Hollywood is there's always a first time for everything.
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8:26AM on 10/03/2014
Sounds more like an unrelated sequel than a reboot. Can you even reboot something after one movie?
Plenty of sequels get made using originally unrelated scripts though. Buy a good script, change a few events and character names and you've got yourself a half-decent sequel idea.
I didn't hate the Will Smith version, but the CG creatures were pretty ropey looking.
Sounds more like an unrelated sequel than a reboot. Can you even reboot something after one movie?
Plenty of sequels get made using originally unrelated scripts though. Buy a good script, change a few events and character names and you've got yourself a half-decent sequel idea.
I didn't hate the Will Smith version, but the CG creatures were pretty ropey looking.
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6:15AM on 10/03/2014

Surprising?

Not really.
Not really.
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7:10PM on 10/02/2014
So the reboot of "I am Legend" is based on a script called "A Garden at the End of the World" and not the book. [link]

It is a reboot of "I am Legend" in what way?
So the reboot of "I am Legend" is based on a script called "A Garden at the End of the World" and not the book. [link]

It is a reboot of "I am Legend" in what way?
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1:37PM on 10/02/2014
I Am Legend wasn't a terribly bad movie. It definitely has flaws throughout the entire movie, but there was definitely potential there for a great apocalypse action film.
I think if they are going to reboot it they should just simplify the story, leave it open for sequels (b/c it's all about franchises now), and invest in more actors to portray the zombies/vampires instead of rely on cgi. The zombie craze hasn't slowed down any, so there's definitely potential for the premise of this film to
I Am Legend wasn't a terribly bad movie. It definitely has flaws throughout the entire movie, but there was definitely potential there for a great apocalypse action film.
I think if they are going to reboot it they should just simplify the story, leave it open for sequels (b/c it's all about franchises now), and invest in more actors to portray the zombies/vampires instead of rely on cgi. The zombie craze hasn't slowed down any, so there's definitely potential for the premise of this film to work.
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1:31PM on 10/02/2014
Let more time pass, then remake it, and this time actually base it on the amazing book.

I still can't believe they took one of the very best VAMPIRE books ever written, and turned it into a 28 Days Later zombie movie.
Let more time pass, then remake it, and this time actually base it on the amazing book.

I still can't believe they took one of the very best VAMPIRE books ever written, and turned it into a 28 Days Later zombie movie.
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12:57PM on 10/02/2014
People forgot that a big reason a lot of people went to see i am legend in theaters is due to the opening 10 minutes of the dark knight being attached to it. I know that is why I went.
People forgot that a big reason a lot of people went to see i am legend in theaters is due to the opening 10 minutes of the dark knight being attached to it. I know that is why I went.
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12:55PM on 10/02/2014
Its April 1st already?
Its April 1st already?
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12:45PM on 10/02/2014
Book was better but the movie wasnt too bad. would rather see it as a miniseries on netflix or somethin
Book was better but the movie wasnt too bad. would rather see it as a miniseries on netflix or somethin
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11:17AM on 10/02/2014
"written by former iPhone salesman"

Good fucking grief. I can see the trailer already. "From the man who sold some people some iPhones..."
"written by former iPhone salesman"

Good fucking grief. I can see the trailer already. "From the man who sold some people some iPhones..."
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11:16AM on 10/02/2014

just follow the book

I didn't hate the movie, buy the book was great. I'd rather see it take place back in the 60's or earlier, than be in modern times.
I didn't hate the movie, buy the book was great. I'd rather see it take place back in the 60's or earlier, than be in modern times.
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11:11AM on 10/02/2014
Dammit stop with the reboots!! Should've just gone with a sequel to the alternate ending.
Dammit stop with the reboots!! Should've just gone with a sequel to the alternate ending.
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11:08AM on 10/02/2014
The idea of rebooting this is giving me a "300: Rise of an Empire"-ish vibe. Take a successful film from how many years ago, and try to bring it back without its main star to make some extra cash off of it again. Yeah... let's not, Hollywood. Thanks.
The idea of rebooting this is giving me a "300: Rise of an Empire"-ish vibe. Take a successful film from how many years ago, and try to bring it back without its main star to make some extra cash off of it again. Yeah... let's not, Hollywood. Thanks.
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10:58AM on 10/02/2014

The Searchers?

Thats a great movie, but it had a bunch of people alive in the plot lol all about enemies blurring the lines of who's right and wrong. This could be a really interesting movie if they don't try to bank on zombies. Give us a fresh movie lol don't even say it has anything to do with I AM LEGEND
Thats a great movie, but it had a bunch of people alive in the plot lol all about enemies blurring the lines of who's right and wrong. This could be a really interesting movie if they don't try to bank on zombies. Give us a fresh movie lol don't even say it has anything to do with I AM LEGEND
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10:13AM on 10/02/2014

Smith belongs in movie jail

I Am Legend was crap.
I Am Legend was crap.
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10:08AM on 10/02/2014

Why not just change the name?

I doubt most of the people who liked the movie never read the book so why try to force a franchise out of the title? Just change it and make a franchise from that.
I doubt most of the people who liked the movie never read the book so why try to force a franchise out of the title? Just change it and make a franchise from that.
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10:04AM on 10/02/2014
They haven't got the book right yet, so whats the point.
They haven't got the book right yet, so whats the point.
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9:50AM on 10/02/2014

Cool

Now they can completely miss the point of the book for a fourth time. I can't wait.
Now they can completely miss the point of the book for a fourth time. I can't wait.
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9:40AM on 10/02/2014
A friend of mine said that now they can have the actual Batman v Superman poster in Times Square.

Also, I really wish that Samantha the German Shepherd went on to co-star with Will Smith in multiple movies. Would've been better than Jaden.
A friend of mine said that now they can have the actual Batman v Superman poster in Times Square.

Also, I really wish that Samantha the German Shepherd went on to co-star with Will Smith in multiple movies. Would've been better than Jaden.
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10:47AM on 10/02/2014
No idea why you have so many thumbs down for this. I personally thought your after thought to be hilarious. Fist bump to you Sir!
No idea why you have so many thumbs down for this. I personally thought your after thought to be hilarious. Fist bump to you Sir!
11:05AM on 10/02/2014
10 downvotes is a bit harsh. This was pretty funny. Kudos.
10 downvotes is a bit harsh. This was pretty funny. Kudos.
11:20AM on 10/02/2014
Thanks SadisticSmile and Nick-o. There was a troll who was aggressively down-voting all of my posts a short while back, perhaps he is striking again.
Thanks SadisticSmile and Nick-o. There was a troll who was aggressively down-voting all of my posts a short while back, perhaps he is striking again.
11:30AM on 10/02/2014
Yeah I dont get the negativity jeez.....and yeah the german shepherd has my vote over Jaden
Yeah I dont get the negativity jeez.....and yeah the german shepherd has my vote over Jaden
9:20AM on 10/02/2014

Hated the last one.

I am happy to hear it! maybe now they'll get it right and have actual vampires and the real monster reveal ending. Hell with the movie they made, the title "I Am Legend" means nothing. Vincent Price's movie is the best take on it for a reason and it'd be nice to have a good vampire movie in the wake of Twilight
I am happy to hear it! maybe now they'll get it right and have actual vampires and the real monster reveal ending. Hell with the movie they made, the title "I Am Legend" means nothing. Vincent Price's movie is the best take on it for a reason and it'd be nice to have a good vampire movie in the wake of Twilight
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9:09AM on 10/02/2014

Hollywood rocks !

sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots, remakes of reboots, reboots of remakes...

OMG, I love american movies, but I am glad to live in a country where I can watch everiwhere at the movie theater good little movies from around the rest of the world !
sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots, remakes of reboots, reboots of remakes...

OMG, I love american movies, but I am glad to live in a country where I can watch everiwhere at the movie theater good little movies from around the rest of the world !
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9:03AM on 10/02/2014
I am legend was already a remake of at least one movie. This makes no sense. It's not even based on I am legend. Why not just use the new script as is instead of trying to brand it into a franchise it isn't.
I am legend was already a remake of at least one movie. This makes no sense. It's not even based on I am legend. Why not just use the new script as is instead of trying to brand it into a franchise it isn't.
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8:35AM on 10/02/2014

FFS!

What topbananada said below....really Hollywood?
What topbananada said below....really Hollywood?
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8:29AM on 10/02/2014
The Last Man on Earth. The Omega Man I am Legend
I guess this needs an update already?
So far none of them is actually quite the book yet - its more like each movie has different elements.
As it is, this is SUPER POINTLESS!
The Last Man on Earth. The Omega Man I am Legend
I guess this needs an update already?
So far none of them is actually quite the book yet - its more like each movie has different elements.
As it is, this is SUPER POINTLESS!
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8:12AM on 10/02/2014
Rebooting a remake of a remake

Take a bow hollywood
Rebooting a remake of a remake

Take a bow hollywood
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