The Los Angeles Times is reporting that original I Am Legend screenwriter Mark Protosevich has already pitched Warner Bros. on a sequel, though no deal has yet been finalized. The Will Smith action-thriller, directed by Francis Lawrence, hits theaters on December 14.
It has been more than a decade since Protosevich wrote an adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic 1954 horror/sci-fi novel about the last man alive after a biological war. Writers were occasionally hired to work on it and over the years, Protosevich was hired four different times to tweak the script, until writer-producer Akiva Goldsman took on the project in 2005 and moved the action from L.A. to New York City.
The newspaper says there is no word yet on how Protosevich plans to extend the story of lone military scientist Robert Neville’s struggle to survive against a mutant populace.