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I Am Legend 2: Will Smith Gets Yet Another Multi-Million Dollar Franchise Lifeline as Director Francis Lawrence Confirms Sequel Plans are Moving Along

I Am Legend 2: Will Smith Gets Yet Another Multi-Million Dollar Franchise Lifeline as Director Francis Lawrence Confirms Sequel Plans are Moving Along

Francis Lawrence has provided fans with an update with regard to I Am Legend 2, claiming that the sequel to the 2007 sci-fi thriller is indeed in the works.

Earlier this year, Will Smith, who starred as Dr. Robert Neville in the first movie which was an adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel, I Am Legend, confirmed that he is going to be returning to work in the sequel as well. And with the recent update that the director dished out, it looks like the film is making slow but steady progress.

Will Smith in I Am Legend
Will Smith in I Am Legend

Francis Lawrence, who was also at the helm of the first part of the film, recently sat down with Comicbook.com to talk about his upcoming fantasy adventure film titled Slumberland starring the Aquaman star Jason Momoa and Kyle Chandler, when he was asked about I Am Legend 2.

See also: I Am Legend 2: Will Smith To Return Alongside Michael B. Jordan

Francis Lawrence shares an update about I Am Legend 2

Upon being asked about the sequel to I Am Legend which is still very much in the nascent stages of development, Francis Lawrence revealed that though he has had a conversation about it with Akiva Goldsman who is on board as the writer, there is still quite a long time before the movie makes it to the finish line.

“I have spoken to Akiva [Goldsman] a little bit about it, but I think that is still aways away. I’d love to do it. I’ve heard some things about I Am Legend. We actually don’t have much, just brainstorming things for Constantine, but I’m sworn to secrecy on I Am Legend.”

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Francis Lawrence talks about I Am Legend 2
Francis Lawrence talks about I Am Legend 2

When I Am Legend was released back in 2007, the Austrian-born American filmmaker had announced that he wasn’t likely to go ahead with a sequel anytime in the foreseeable future. But a decade is a long time to change one’s perception about something, and it looks like Lawrence has altered his views as well, considering how he mentioned he’d “love” to work on the sequel.

So, even if there’s no timeline with regard to I Am Legend 2 and its release, at least there’s something else to look forward to, namely Lawrence’s positive reaction about shepherding the movie.

All we know about I Am Legend 2 so far

After the first film was released, the original plans for a second film involved that of a prequel and not a sequel, but nothing concrete came out of those plans and the prospect of a prequel was later scrapped with Will Smith being uncertain about the storyline. However, after about 15 years, fans got an affirmative update about I Am Legend as its sequel was officially announced to be in the works.

While Smith will be reprising his role as the scientist Robert Neville, Creed star Michael B. Jordan will be starring beside the Bad Boys actor as well as overlook production along with him, as Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar-winning writer who worked on the first film joins the team to reclaim his position.

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Will Smith as Robert Neville in the first film
Will Smith as Dr. Robert Neville

Although the plot details of I Am Legend 2 presently remain a mystery, it is definitely going to be intriguing to see how the filmmakers are going to place Smith’s Neville in the sequel, given how his character died at the end of the first movie.

No further details about the sequel have been revealed yet.

I Am Legend is available for streaming on HBO Max.

Source: Comicbook.com

Written by Khushi Shah

An author at FandomWire, an abnormal psychology student, and an avid reader of dark fiction, I love to read and write and have been indulging in the same for years.