It’s been a couple of years since we’ve heard anything on that purportedly-go-for-launch follow-up to the Will Smith-starring “I Am Legend” – and there’s good reason for that : It’s not happening. According to screenwriter Avika Goldsman – out promoting his directorial debut “Winter’s Tale” (which features Smith in an uncredited role) – despite writing both a sequel and a prequel to the 2007 film, they couldn’t make it work.
Here’s Goldsman talking to io9 about “I Am Still Legend”, “I Was Legend”, “I could be Legend”.. or whatever that prequel or sequel might’ve been titled.
There was talk of an I Am Legend 2?
There was never talk of it?
Oh no no, [there was] never a movie. I mean, we wrote a prequel [and] a sequel. We had a really interesting prequel, which was the first outbreak of the virus, during a Thanksgiving Day parade, which was awesome. We did a really interesting prequel that [took place] later. Which was right after the first… really right when the population of of humans became pretty decimated. And it was this sort of trek to Washington. Which included a dark seeker elephant that had broken out of the zoo.
Then we did a sequel, that started with Neville again — and you realized that he was cloned. We’ve tried every which way. In fact if you’re available you could be in the next movie. It will never happen but we really enjoyed trying to make it happen.
I like the idea of the bloody Macy’s Day Parade, it’s cool that you guys pitched ideas.
Oh we tried. There were scripts. We really tried.