Will Smith could return as our favourite pumped, zombie-fighting scientist in a sequel to the post-apocalyptic film, I Am Legend.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers have recently signed a deal with Overbrook Entertainment to produce another Legend film.
It is thought that screenwriter Arash Amel (The Expatriate) will be writing the script, with Akiva J. Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) being taken on as producer.
Goldsman – who wrote and produced the first film – may have help from Will Smith who is rumoured to act as co-producer and possible actor. However, Smith is said to be waiting for the script to be written before he announces his interest.
Just a year after I Am Legend was released, directer, Francis Lawrence (Constantine, Water For Elephants) announced that he was keen to make a prequel which featured life before the uncontrollable virus spread through New York.
At the time, Will Smith – who we will soon see in Men in Black III – was on board with the project, however, Lawrence found it a challenge to develop the plot because ‘the tough thing is, how do we do that again and in a different way?’
This led to the prequel being shelved indefinitely, until late 2008 when Smith and screenwriter, DB Weiss, were thought to be interested in making the film into a sequel instead. However, the writing job has now been passed to Arash Amel.
The post- apocalyptic thriller will be the forth adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic novel of the same name, following The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man and I Am Legend.
The 2007 film saw Will Smith play Robert Neville, a scientist who believes he is the last healthy human in New York after a virus spread across the city, turning everyone into man-eating zombies.
The tense film received good reviews, with Will Smith winning a Saturn Award for Best Actor and an MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance.
We don’t know if it will be a sequel for sure, but we will keep you updated on the latest news.