It was nearly two years ago that there was last a solid update on the status of a sequel to director Francis Lawrence’s 2007, I Am Legend. Now, with his directorial debut, Winter’s Tale, landing in theaters this week, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman tells io9 that, despite some real ideas about how to continue the franchise, the sequel is not moving forward.
“Oh we tried,” Goldsman tells the outlet. “There were scripts. We really tried? We wrote a prequel [and template=’galleryview’]–> 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 template=’galleryview’]–> 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.”
The original film, based on the 1954 novel by Richard Matheson, starred Will Smith as scientist Robert Neville. Made for around $150 million, it grossed over $585 million at the worldwide box office.