I Am Legend 2 from Warner Bros is now in development! July 13. 2022. The 2007 dystopian horror I Am Legend is at long last getting a sequel
I Am Legend 2 from Warner Bros. is now in development with both Smith and Jordan set to produce and star in the film. So far, few details have been given about the project. Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman, who penned the script for the 2007 film, has signed on to write the sequel.
Trailer I Am Legend 2 Trailer (2023) | Will Smith, Alice Braga, Woody Harrelson (Fan Made)
The ending of I Am Legend makes the announcement of a sequel interesting. Society can now relate to fighting a deadly global disease and the worldwide panic and pain that has ensued. But the sequel has been officially greenlit, despite the film's star, Will Smith, making headlines for all the wrong reasons at the 2022 Academy Awards.
Smith has clear and definite plans to make a sequel to the 2007 film. In this way, I Am Legend 2 could be the movie in which he makes his big comeback on the big screen. Even though Smith won an Academy Award for Best Actor earlier this year, what should have been a milestone in his career was overshadowed by his slapping Chris Rock in one of the most embarrassing moments of the night.
However, Will Smith is undoubtedly one of the most established stars in Hollywood, so it is only a matter of time before he returns to the ring. I Am Legend 2 is his chance to once again ingratiate himself with critics and audiences, and without a doubt, Will Smith won't let it go. I Am Legend tells the story of scientist Robert Neville. He methodically survives the brutal post-apocalyptic streets of New York City with no one to trust but his beloved dog, Samantha. He also carries with him the memories of his wife and young daughter, who were killed. With almost 100% of the global population either turned into ravenous, murderous, physically enhanced mutants or killed due to a virus engineering experiment gone wrong, Robert dedicates his scientific know-how to a desperate last-ditch effort to cure the mutants' disease and save humankind.
Robert follows a strict daily protocol for his safety. He uses salt to mask his scent around his apartment to keep the mutants from finding him and kills the monsters wherever he finds them. He does this while working rigorously to cure the disease threatening to wipe out humanity. All is well for Robert and Sam until the arrival of a mother and daughter trying to reach the last colony of uninfected humans upsets his careful balance.
I Am Legend 2: The Plot & Themes
There are some clues as to where the I Am Legend sequel will pick up in both the original novel and in the movie's alternate ending. The film's main theatrical ending is pretty emotional but also one-sided. Neville, having just discovered the cure to the virus and set up a way for his compatriots to escape the mutants banging down the glass door to his lab, sees in the cracking wall between him and the enraged mutants the shape of a butterfly.
Neville's young, late daughter always had a habit of pointing out butterflies, so Neville takes this as a sign that this is the end. He plows himself into the glass, detonating a grenade after the mother and daughter escape with the cure, and this is seemingly the end of his story.
This is where it gets tricky. In both the book and movie, throughout his study of the mutants, Neville discovers that despite trying to slaughter all non-infected humans, they have their own organized society, rules, and relationships. Still, he is too disgusted by them because their existence threatens the resurgence of anything like what he once called humanity to care about.
In the source material, Richard Matheson's novel of the same title, the term "legend" itself speaks more to how Neville's inhumane treatment of the mutants. This includes barbaric experiments and the goal of exterminating them however possible. It has turned him into an outsider, as opposed to how his ultimate cure for their disease will turn him into an icon as posited by the movie.
In the book, because the mutants are now the dominant species, and Neville has emphatically turned himself into their mortal enemy, he will become the symbolic legend of violence and annihilation to their people. After this realization, Neville accepts that he will be killed by the mutants and dies without any further desire to destroy them, only himself. Will Smith's movie, meanwhile, released an alternative ending to appease fans of the novel who were angered by the movie painting Neville as a sacrificial hero. This alternate ending saw Neville coming to these same realizations but not being killed. He is left to live alone with his cruelty and regrets.
So in sum, we have three potential endings to the original film that will drive the sequel: Neville's demise and legacy as the legend who cured the mutants' virus; Neville's demise and legacy as the monster who tried to eradicate the mutants just because they were different from him; and Neville's survival and lifelong guilt for having attempted to eradicate the mutants just because they were different from him. Release Date
There is no set release date yet for I Am Legend 2. At first, the most likely date was next year but considering what happened at this year's Academy Awards gala and the participation of Will Smith in Emancipation, a film that is in post-production and will be released in 2023, it's safe to say that, at the earliest, I Am Legend 2 will not hit theaters until 2024. Fans have huge hopes for this movie and can't wait to see what the writers and producers have cooked up!