I Am Legend 2: Will Smith, has been causing excitement in the film community with his recent update on the highly anticipated sequel to “I Am Legend,” set to co-star Michael B. Jordan. This news was shared by Smith during his appearance at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on the night of December 2, where he was a prominent guest among other Hollywood A-listers.
The original “I Am Legend,” released in 2007, was a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller that became a significant hit. It depicted Smith as Robert Neville, a scientist who is the last human survivor in a New York City overrun by mutants. The film was based on the 1954 novel of the same name by Richard Matheson, which has been adapted into films multiple times.
Smith and Jordan’s Collaboration and Sequel’s Direction
In Recent update, Smith expressed excitement about the sequel’s progress, mentioning that the script just arrived and he has a call scheduled with Michael B. Jordan, indicating active development. The collaboration between Smith and Jordan marks a significant feature of this project, bringing together two of Hollywood’s renowned actors. The anticipation and speculation among fans regarding Jordan’s role in the sequel add an extra layer of excitement.
Smith’s announcement about “I Am Legend 2” has captured significant attention, particularly for its narrative direction. Unlike the 2007 movie’s theatrical ending where Smith’s character, Neville, dies, the sequel will follow the alternate ending from the DVD release, in which Neville survives. This decision opens new storytelling possibilities and resonates with fans who prefer the alternate ending.
Earlier, The path to bringing “I Am Legend” to the big screen was lengthy. Warner Bros. started the project in 1994, but encountered numerous delays, mainly due to budgetary concerns. The film finally began production in 2006 in New York City, featuring an elaborate and expensive scene on the Brooklyn Bridge, costing approximately $5 million. Released on December 14, 2007, in the United States and Canada, the film achieved substantial commercial success. It became the seventh-highest-grossing film of 2007, earning $256 million domestically and $329 million overseas, totalling $585 million globally.
This commercial success mirrors the film’s impact, with Smith’s portrayal of Neville receiving particular praise for its depth and emotional resonance. The film also excelled in exploring themes such as isolation, the human condition, and survival in a post-apocalyptic world. Additionally, the special effects, especially the portrayal of a deserted New York City and the mutant creatures, were noteworthy.