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Will Smith, Michael B. Jordan teaming on “I AM LEGEND” sequel

Friday, March 4, 2022 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The star of the 2007 zombie-plague epic is returning, teamed with another major name both behind and in front of the camera.

Deadline reports that Will Smith and BLACK PANTHER/CREED star Michael B. Jordan will collaborate for the first time as both stars and producers of an I AM LEGEND sequel for Warner Bros. Akiva Goldsman, one of the producers of the previous movie who also wrote it with Mark Protosevich, is scripting the new film; no plot details have been revealed, and a director has yet to be chosen. The ’07 I AM LEGEND was the biggest and most financially successful direct adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic novel (following 1964’s THE LAST MAN ON EARTH and 1971’s THE OMEGA MAN), grossing $256.4 million in the U.S. and $585.4 million worldwide. The saga of a sole survivor (or now a few survivors) struggling for survival in a plague- and zombie-ravaged world is obviously more relevant now in the wake of the pandemic; indeed, last year anti-vaxxers seized on the movie’s premise, erroneously claiming a vaccine causes all the trouble in I AM LEGEND.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.