“I Am Legend 2” is set to bring back Will Smith’s iconic character, Dr. Robert Neville, even though he met a grim fate in the original 2007 film. You might be wondering how this is possible, but fear not, there’s a clever twist to it!
In the sequel, they won’t rely on flashbacks or backstory scenes to resurrect Will Smith’s character. Instead, the filmmakers are taking inspiration from the alternate ending of the 2007 movie. In this version, Dr. Neville survives the ordeal without sacrificing himself to the zombies.
Interestingly, this alternate ending is not a new concept. It’s actually rooted in the original source material, Richard Matheson’s 1954 post-apocalyptic horror novel, “I Am Legend.” The novel has seen several adaptations over the years, including “The Omega Man” in 1971, starring Charlton Heston, and “The Last Man on Earth” in 1964, featuring Vincent Price.
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“I Am Legend” in 2007 marked the third adaptation of Matheson’s book, and now we’re in for its sequel. What’s even more exciting is that the sequel is set to take place a few decades after the events of the first film. This shift in time was inspired by the game-changing narrative of “The Last of Us,” where we witness a post-apocalyptic world and its evolution over 20-30 years.
The sequel will continue to unfold in the familiar backdrop of New York, but whether they’ll climb up to the Empire State Building remains uncertain. What we do know is that the film will hark back to Matheson’s original book, delving deeper into the idea that humanity’s reign as the dominant species on the planet has come to an end.
So, to answer your burning questions: Yes, Will Smith’s character will indeed be alive in “I Am Legend 2,” thanks to that alternate ending from the first film. As for the release date, if production kicks off in early 2024 and everything goes smoothly, we can likely expect the film to hit theaters sometime in 2025. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting cinematic journey!