Producer Akiva Goldsman has given a lot of new information about the second part of “I Am Legend.”
Goldsman said in a recent, long interview with Deadline, which was timed with the news of his first-look deal with Warner Bros., that the movie will be based on the original movie’s alternative ending.
Will Smith’s character, Dr. Robert Neville, gave his life to save two survivors and promised a fix for the virus that spread around the world and turned people into Darkseekers. The movie was a big hit in 2007.
On the DVDs of the movie, there was an alternate ending where Neville saw how the Darkseekers felt and ran away to safety.
Goldsman, who is co-writing and producing the movie, told Deadline, “We go back to the original Matheson book and the alternate ending instead of the one that was used in the first movie.”
He went on to say, “What Matheson meant was that man’s time as the most powerful species on Earth was over. We’re going to learn more about that really interesting thing. A little more of the original text will be kept.”
The director also said that the idea of bringing back Richard Matheson’s post-apocalyptic world was inspired by a current HBO show.
“This will begin about 30 years after the first. “The Last of Us is all I can think about,” he said.
He went on, “You see how the earth takes back the world, and there’s something beautiful in the question of what happens when people stop being the main residents. That will stand out a lot in New York. I don’t know if they’ll climb to the top of the Empire State Building, but there are a lot of options.”
Jordan joins the group as a writer as well.
Goldsman did not say how Jordan will be involved in the story.
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Warner Brothers made more than $585 million from the sales of the first movie.
The production company is bringing back Constantine, which starred Keanu Reeves in 2005, because it thinks Goldsman can make the same kind of movie magic.
Goldsman is the one who wrote the continuation.