First there were noises that there would be a sequel then that was put on ice only for rumours of a prequel to emerge and now six years later Warner Brothers have decided to completely reboot I Am Legend.
The post-apocalyptic, science fiction, horror film starred Will Smith and was adapted from the brilliant book of the same name by Richard Matheson which dealt with Robert Neville, a man who is immune to a man-made virus originally created to cure cancer. The last man left alive he works to create a remedy while defending himself against the mutants created by the virus. As a massive fan of the original book the 2007 film did have some startling differences, not to mention some really ropy CGI but all in all was a pretty decent effort, which was reflected in its box office takings totalling a staggering $585m against a $150m budget.
The rumour is this new plan to reboot the title comes from a screenplay called A Garden At The End Of The World, which is supposed to be a sci-fi based reboot of the classic John Wayne western The Searchers. Movie bosses feel that the script would be a better fit for the I Am Legend reboot so the man who penned the screenplay Gary Graham has been tasked with the adaptation.
No word on whether Will Smith will return for this reboot which I think would be highly unlikely. Personally I’d prefer it if they just did a faithful version of the original book, but seeing as this will now be Hollywood’s fourth attempt at making I Am Legend, (1964’s The Last Man On Earth and 1971’s The Omega Man), there’s probably room for four more before 2030.