Michael B. Jordan Joins Will Smith in I Am Legend Sequel

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Will Smith (Kevin Winter/Getty Images), Michael B. Jordan (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Will Smith (Kevin Winter/Getty Images), Michael B. Jordan (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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15 years later, after experiencing our own apocalypse (but with fewer zombie vampires), director Francis Lawrence’s 2007 film I’m a legend gets a sequel – and one with twice more star-power like the first. According to Deadlineoriginal star Will Smith will team up with Michael B. Jordan for a new I’m a legendmaking this the first time the two have worked together on a film.

We don’t know anything about the new movie’s plot, but this is the part where we have to tackle the giant zombie vampire in the room: Will Smith’s character, Robert Neville, dies at the end of the first movie. He kills himself so two other humans can escape with a cure he developed for zombie vampirism, and the two go on to tell the other survivors of the sacrifice he made in becoming…a legend.

Buuuut, DVD owners will remember that I’m a legend had an alternate ending, one that more closely follows Richard Matheson’s book than the movie (like The last man on earth and The Omega Man) was based on. In this ending, Will Smith’s character survives and realizes that zombie vampires are smarter than he thought, so the fact that he killed so many of them makes it him a monster in their eyes. In other words, he becomes…a different type of legend. A bad. Will Smith leaves New York with the other survivors, leaving the door open for him to appear in a sequel.

The problem is, that’s not the canonical ending, unless maybe it is? Would anyone notice or care if Warner Bros. was just using the alternate ending of the DVD? There’s been all these horror movie reboots before that ignore sequels, and people seem to be okay with making sense of it in their heads. Hell, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker undoes all the good things in The Last Jediand those movies didn’t even come out 15 years apart.

A director and other stars have yet to be attached. I am also a legend (that’s our title pitch), but Deadline helpfully notes that the original screenwriter Akiva Goldman will write and produce this new one. We only mention that here so that this short story can end on a depressing like the theatrical cut of I’m a legend.

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