At this point I am assuming you’ve either seen or heard about the ending to Will Smith’s mega hit “I am Legend” from 2007, but in case you haven’t, then well, you should probably not read on, because I’m going to be discussing the ending of “I am Legend” here, and why it does or does not make sense in regards to the proposed sequel that have been greenlight by Warner Bros. Fair enough? Okay, so go read something else. Here’s a nice article about how Steven Seagal is diving into the Reality TV arena.
So, back to our “I am Legend” sequel news. Via AICN, they’ve received an anonymous, untested source that tells them the “I am Legend” sequel is not going to be a prequel as originally rumored, but will instead be a direct sequel to the first movie. Which will be kinda hard to do, as, well, Robert Neville (played by Smith) kinda got blown up and junk at the end of the first movie.
So how are they gonna do a direct sequel with the above already established? Here’s AICN:
Let’s start at the beginning. Smith is actually the one who developed the initial story. It took place several years before the original film and there were still pockets of survivors and the story centered around Smith interacting, bonding, and ultimately failing to save them. For months this was the story. Warner’s didn’t much care for it and Smith and Weiss eventually came on board and all parties agreed to change things up. Well this change is pretty insane, the film is no longer a prequel, it’s a fucking sequel!
Okay, so it doesn’t actually say anything about how to move on in a direct sequel, only that Smith had originally wanted to do a prequel, but Warner Bros. apparently didn’t feel like it, and Smith has since come around to doing a direct sequel. Obviously this is all conjecture (and most likely all bunk), but in case this is indeed the direction The Powers That Be are headed, here’s my free suggestion on how to achieve it:
Neville isn’t dead, but badly injured, and one of the vampires on the scene bites him and transforms him into one of them; only Smith doesn’t completely become one of them, having previously injected himself with all kinds of nutty chemicals during his trial and error phase of his experiments, and instead becomes something else. You know, maybe “Blade”-ish. He’s still human, but not quite. See? I’m a friggin’ genius.
Call me, Warner Bros!
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