Seems we’ll never find out what effect Dr. Robert Neville’s cure in I Am Legend had on society. According to Avika Goldsman, a screenwriter involved in the first film, the sequel is dead.
“It will never happen, but we really enjoyed trying to make it happen,” said Goldsman while doing press for his directorial debut, Winter’s Tale.
Although he didn’t explain why the movie would never be made, Goldsman did reveal some of the ideas his team had been exploring. He said, “We wrote a prequel [and] a sequel. We had a really interesting prequel, which was the first outbreak of the virus during a Thanksgiving Day parade. We did [another] really interesting prequel that [took place] later. [It] was right when the population 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 sequel involved an alternate take on Neville. Goldsman added, “We did a sequel that started with Neville again—and you realized that he was cloned. We’ve tried every which way.”
It would have been interesting to see the second prequel, which sounds like it could have played out like Brad Pitt’s World War Z. A “dark seeker elephant” does seem a little out there though. Suddenly introducing cloning in the sequel would have been a hard sell as well.
Winter’s Tale hit theaters Feb. 14. Will Smith, who portrayed the lead character in I Am Legend, appears in an un-credited role. Smith is expected to appear next in the romantic comedy Focus.