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Warner Brothers is threatening more I Am Legend with Will Smith in tow

Feb. 17, 2012by:

Warner Brothers is planning to punish us with a follow up to I AM LEGEND, the Will Smith "last man on Earth" film based on Richard Matheson's famed novel of the same name. Deals have been closed to have Akiva Goldsman, Overbrook Entertainment, and screenwriter Arash Amel to continue the exploits of Dr. Robert Neville (Smith) attempting to find a cure for a plague that has turned people into vampiric monsters.

There's one, teeny-tiny little detail that needs to be addressed...put your movie ear muffs on if you haven't seen the masterwork that is known as I AM LEGEND...and that is the sacrificial death of Neville at the end of the film. I can see it now, the sequel begins with Will Smith laying in the rubble of his hand grenade explosion, surrounded by vampire-creature bodies. The camera dolly's up to him, unmoving and thought dead. Then it stops on his face and he pops up, shaking off the rubble and yelling his trademark "Wooo!" Title Screen: I Am Legend...still.

I didn't hate I AM LEGEND, but once those CGI monsters showed up in full bloom I found it impossible to take it seriously (because I usually take apocolyptic plague shit VERY seriously). The use of CGI killed the film, making the monsters looks completely unrealistic, cheesy, and not-scary-at-all.

Apparently, Smith won't sign on the dotted line until he sees the script and there's no word on whether or not Francis Lawrence will return to direct. I'm not really opposed to a sequel (which I'd prefer over a prequel) but they've got to ditch the CGI, which I think would be a major step in the right direction.

More to follow as this develops.

Extra Tidbit: Who would you like to see direct a sequel? My vote is for Alex Proyas, who directed Smith in I, Robot, as well as the sci-fi classic Dark City and The Crow.
Source: Deadline

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2:33PM on 02/21/2012
I enjoyed the film overall, but the ending contradicted the story they were attempting to build. I wish they would have stuck to the book more closely.
I enjoyed the film overall, but the ending contradicted the story they were attempting to build. I wish they would have stuck to the book more closely.
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4:08PM on 02/19/2012
I Am Legend was a shitty film and it's very likely that this too shall be...but this article was very entertaining to read. Great write-up (and Shop-up)!
I Am Legend was a shitty film and it's very likely that this too shall be...but this article was very entertaining to read. Great write-up (and Shop-up)!
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3:58PM on 02/18/2012

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No.
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3:03PM on 02/18/2012
If you survive a grenade blast to the face...YOU are legend.
That said...what an idiotic idea.
If you survive a grenade blast to the face...YOU are legend.
That said...what an idiotic idea.
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9:50AM on 02/18/2012
VERY BAD IDEA.
VERY BAD IDEA.
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1:18AM on 02/18/2012

I liked the film! Don't care what anyone else says!

well I happened to like the film, and would welcome a sequel. I'd rather have a sequel, and not a prequel!
well I happened to like the film, and would welcome a sequel. I'd rather have a sequel, and not a prequel!
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9:22PM on 02/17/2012

Disappointed

I was really disappointed with this movie, as I am with most movies adapted from novels, for not staying even remotely true to the storyline. The book was alot more realistic, therefore a little less dramatic, so I guess it wasnt Blockbuster worthy. It did, however, have alot more substance and the 'monsters' would have been alot more realistic. The CGI also made it very hard for me to take the movie seriously. A remake would be much more welcome than a prequel.
I was really disappointed with this movie, as I am with most movies adapted from novels, for not staying even remotely true to the storyline. The book was alot more realistic, therefore a little less dramatic, so I guess it wasnt Blockbuster worthy. It did, however, have alot more substance and the 'monsters' would have been alot more realistic. The CGI also made it very hard for me to take the movie seriously. A remake would be much more welcome than a prequel.
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8:17PM on 02/17/2012
Yay for the funny photoshop.
Yay for the funny photoshop.
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2:29PM on 02/21/2012
Yay for you Top and your funny hair.
Yay for you Top and your funny hair.
7:41PM on 02/17/2012

terrible idea

The ending in the book was so much better. If none of you have read the book, pick it up. It has a great twist. Anyway, this is obviously another cash grab.

I know it's been said multiple times below, but just to reiterate it again in case Will Smith ever stumbles upon this page....

Will Smith passed on Django Unchained. Enough said.
The ending in the book was so much better. If none of you have read the book, pick it up. It has a great twist. Anyway, this is obviously another cash grab.

I know it's been said multiple times below, but just to reiterate it again in case Will Smith ever stumbles upon this page....

Will Smith passed on Django Unchained. Enough said.
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7:25PM on 02/17/2012
I actually loved the shit out of the first movie when it came out.(haven't really watched it since) The CGI creatures were definitely the weakest part and almost ruin the whole movie. However Smith was freakin' awesome in it. Love the scene after he kills the dog where he talks to the mannequin in the store. Just shows you how lonely and desperate for human contact the man is. It's heartbreaking. However I'm so so on the idea of the sequel. Just doesn't need to be done. What else is there to
I actually loved the shit out of the first movie when it came out.(haven't really watched it since) The CGI creatures were definitely the weakest part and almost ruin the whole movie. However Smith was freakin' awesome in it. Love the scene after he kills the dog where he talks to the mannequin in the store. Just shows you how lonely and desperate for human contact the man is. It's heartbreaking. However I'm so so on the idea of the sequel. Just doesn't need to be done. What else is there to tell? And I wonder if they'll use the director's cut ending were he survives? That ending is waaaaay better than the one in theaters and I usually like when the main character dies in a film. Ill wait to hear more about this to make a decision.

P.S. BRING BACK FRANCIS LAWRENCE!! He's not the best director around but he's got style and I loved the shit out of Constantine (wish that would get a sequel)
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7:06PM on 02/17/2012

I believe in Will Smith

If he's not there, I won't be either.
If he's not there, I won't be either.
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6:03PM on 02/17/2012
I love Will Smith and I know he can be a good actor (see: Six Degrees of Separation) but his obsession with franchises is killing his legacy. He stuck with a movie like Hancock after the initially ballsy, interesting script was neutered into semi-retardation and yet he won't do projects that rely on more than his star power, like Django Unchained. I suppose I commend him for attempting straight drama in movies like Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds (though Seven Pounds was a trite, boring
I love Will Smith and I know he can be a good actor (see: Six Degrees of Separation) but his obsession with franchises is killing his legacy. He stuck with a movie like Hancock after the initially ballsy, interesting script was neutered into semi-retardation and yet he won't do projects that rely on more than his star power, like Django Unchained. I suppose I commend him for attempting straight drama in movies like Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds (though Seven Pounds was a trite, boring piece of shit) but the dude is just too afraid to taint his image (even though he's done two Bad Boys, which have some of the most offensive dialogue exchanges to come out of major Hollywood blockbusters) So I don't really know what's going on. He's a weird dude.
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5:28PM on 02/17/2012

Losing respect for Smith recently

He'll always be a likable screen presence, but it's like he's literally afraid to take on any daring roles. As has been mentioned, he was in negotiations for the lead in "Django Unchained" and turned it down because he felt it would hurt his image as a 'clean' family draw (check his box office track record - his last R-rated film was Bad Boys II and it actually barely made profit in theaters, compared to his other films circling around the half-billion mark).

As silly as it may sound, he's
He'll always be a likable screen presence, but it's like he's literally afraid to take on any daring roles. As has been mentioned, he was in negotiations for the lead in "Django Unchained" and turned it down because he felt it would hurt his image as a 'clean' family draw (check his box office track record - his last R-rated film was Bad Boys II and it actually barely made profit in theaters, compared to his other films circling around the half-billion mark).

As silly as it may sound, he's like the black Tom Cruise (or how Cruise was ten years ago, anyway): he's a big, blockbuster name that can headline any picture while kind of retaining a safe, family-friendly image. Cruise broke out of that with the occasional daring film role like "Born on the Fourth of July" or "Magnolia" -- Smith has yet to do it, and my respect for him as an actor is dwindling.
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5:17PM on 02/17/2012
Although I enjoyed I Am Legend (terrible CGI aside), I'll take Charlton Heston & The Omega Man any day over Will Smith.
Although I enjoyed I Am Legend (terrible CGI aside), I'll take Charlton Heston & The Omega Man any day over Will Smith.
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5:11PM on 02/17/2012
Movie was good but the actual story is so much better that it was a huge disappointment. Just leave that shit alone and remake it in a few years. Make it a proper period piece, and give us more character development.
Movie was good but the actual story is so much better that it was a huge disappointment. Just leave that shit alone and remake it in a few years. Make it a proper period piece, and give us more character development.
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5:07PM on 02/17/2012
He passes on genuine work because he is in it just for money, not the art. That is why his freakish spawn children are making him a paycheck now and not going to school like normal children. I am surprised he kept Jada around after her show got cancelled. She better find a paycheck quick or she is gone like Jazzy Jeff.
He passes on genuine work because he is in it just for money, not the art. That is why his freakish spawn children are making him a paycheck now and not going to school like normal children. I am surprised he kept Jada around after her show got cancelled. She better find a paycheck quick or she is gone like Jazzy Jeff.
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8:09PM on 02/17/2012
Amen, so glad I'm not the only one who feels that way, spot on. Cheers.
Amen, so glad I'm not the only one who feels that way, spot on. Cheers.
4:27PM on 02/17/2012
Just to re-iterate what others have said:

Will Smith passed on Django Unchained.
Just to re-iterate what others have said:

Will Smith passed on Django Unchained.
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4:23PM on 02/17/2012

WHY NO>

Please the last one was so badddd... the CGI was a joke. No more
Please the last one was so badddd... the CGI was a joke. No more
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3:30PM on 02/17/2012
I didnt like the first one, didnt help that ben lyons called it the greatest movie ever made, with that being said, i think there actually is more that can be mined from that well, though, i do think will smith is wasting his talent with unecessary sequels when he is has the opportunity to do movies like django unchained
I didnt like the first one, didnt help that ben lyons called it the greatest movie ever made, with that being said, i think there actually is more that can be mined from that well, though, i do think will smith is wasting his talent with unecessary sequels when he is has the opportunity to do movies like django unchained
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2:58PM on 02/17/2012

Call me crazy..

But I really liked I Am Legend. The alternate ending on the DVD should have been the actual ending but still, I thought it was an exciting flick. A sequel sounds pretty 'meh' tho..
But I really liked I Am Legend. The alternate ending on the DVD should have been the actual ending but still, I thought it was an exciting flick. A sequel sounds pretty 'meh' tho..
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2:08PM on 02/17/2012

uhh... old news?

cool that it's finally getting going but hasn't this has been known for a while now, like years?
unless they drastically change something it'll be a prequel showing how it all happened which would be very, very cool to see... if it were a straight sequel it would make no sense though and honestly I wouldn't have any interest in it...
cool that it's finally getting going but hasn't this has been known for a while now, like years?
unless they drastically change something it'll be a prequel showing how it all happened which would be very, very cool to see... if it were a straight sequel it would make no sense though and honestly I wouldn't have any interest in it...
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1:56PM on 02/17/2012
Man this sounds terrible on every level. I actually loved the first I Am Legend, again up until the reveal of the stupid looking zombie guys. But I was really impressed with the post-apocalyptic world they created, was incredibly convincing IMO and Will Smith did some of his best acting of his career in that film. Still, a sequel makes zero logical sense and so I hope this is just another terrible idea Hollywood creates just to destroy later.
Man this sounds terrible on every level. I actually loved the first I Am Legend, again up until the reveal of the stupid looking zombie guys. But I was really impressed with the post-apocalyptic world they created, was incredibly convincing IMO and Will Smith did some of his best acting of his career in that film. Still, a sequel makes zero logical sense and so I hope this is just another terrible idea Hollywood creates just to destroy later.
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1:54PM on 02/17/2012

Interesting but...

They would have to open with the alternate ending that was on the dvd. The movie wouldn't work any other way. Hopefully, cut the crap cgi out as well as the stupid rabid dogs that the leader of said monsters was sporting.
They would have to open with the alternate ending that was on the dvd. The movie wouldn't work any other way. Hopefully, cut the crap cgi out as well as the stupid rabid dogs that the leader of said monsters was sporting.
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