If it ain’t broke, and you can’t get Will Smith back for a sequel…
Deadline reports that the studio has snapped up the spec script “A Garden At The End Of The World” (described as “a sci-fi version of John Wayne’s ‘The Searchers'”) and will be adapting it as an “I am Legend” reboot.
Yes, they couldn’t even make the effort to just write an original (sort of) script for their reboot. Talk about lazy, sheesh!
The film, of course, was based on Richard Matheson’s book of the same name, about the last survivor of a vampiric plague who continues to fight on despite losing all hope. He realizes he’s not alone after all when he meets some other survivors.
Warner has been trying to get Smith to reprise his Neville character from the movie for years now, even exploring the option of a prequel, given that Neville dies at the end of the first one. I still think they should have made a sequel anyway. Yeah, there’s that whole “he dies at the end” conundrum, but come on, we’re talking about vampires here. Anything’s possible when you have vampires.
“I am Legend” grossed $586 million worldwide and $256 million domestic back in 2007, which explains why the studio is so hot to get it made. Named brand and all that. Plus, “The Walking Dead” has convinced everyone that Americans love zombies.
Now I liked the Smith version, but for my money, you can’t beat Charlton Heston as Neville: