Why I Am Legend Didn't Want A Sequel, In accordance To The Director

A kind of movies that for a very long time appeared as if it will get some sort of sequel, prequel or continuation is 2007’s I Am Legend. The movie, which was primarily based on a 1954 novel of the identical title by Richard Matheson, grossed over $585 million worldwide. Regardless of being that profitable, a sequel by no means materialized (but). So far as the movie’s director Francis Lawrence is worried, that was finally for the very best. He lately spoke in regards to the potentialities and why I Am Legend did not want a sequel, saying:

[The studio] was actually, actually, actually into developing with one thing, and I simply did not know easy methods to do it. I noticed in a short time after the film got here out, and I went, ‘Individuals went to go see the final man on earth. We have completed the final man on earth. He died on the finish of the film, we won’t do it once more.’ However folks weren’t in love with him as a personality. It is not Indiana Jones, like this type of iconic character that you simply simply wish to see repeatedly and once more.

I Am Legend felt proper as a standalone film, and Francis Lawrence hits the nail on the pinnacle as to why a continuation would not actually work. It’s unsurprising to listen to how a lot Warner Bros. wished a sequel to the movie; it was very profitable, in any case, and starred bonafide film star Will Smith. However I feel the problem in developing with an attention-grabbing take is the very motive a sequel is pointless within the first place. As Francis Lawrence instructed MTV’s Happy Sad Confused Podcast, it will have felt compelled.

A sequel would not have adopted Will Smith’s Robert Neville, who died within the first movie, so some actual narrative gymnastics would should be carried out to convey him again, and it will have felt considerably dumb. It is a “final man on Earth” story, and with out that format, it is simply one other model of The Strolling Useless. And like Francis Lawrence stated, Robert Neville shouldn’t be Indiana Jones. He isn’t the sort of character that you simply wish to observe repeatedly. He’s primarily compelling due to the scenario he finds himself in. Francis Lawrence additionally touched on the potential for a prequel and why that would not work both, saying:

It simply felt compelled to do a prequel. We might have been doing Contagion. And to do one thing that is a follow-up both would not have him in it, or you must do one thing actually dumb, which is, you already know, ‘Scientists have taken his DNA and reanimated him someway!’ And that may have been actually dumb, and so I simply sort of bowed out.

Certainly a prequel specializing in the genesis of the virus would have been identical to Contagion or some other pandemic film that has been completed earlier than. On this age of blockbusters and franchises, it’s cool to listen to Francis Lawrence utilizing logical reasoning for why I Am Legend did not spawn a sequel or prequel, and why he would not be a part of one. There merely wasn’t a narrative value telling. If solely that logic ruled extra movie trade choices. The movie stood by itself, and whereas Francis Lawrence would go back and change some issues about I Am Legend, making a sequel or prequel is not considered one of them. It might be nice if extra large price range fare and variations occurred nowadays with out the intent of extending it right into a collection, franchise or cinematic universe.

The 2007 I Am Legend starring Will Smith is definitely solely considered one of 4 movie variations of Richard Matheson’s novel. The ending was probably the most divisive facet of Francis Lawrence’s movie in the way it differed from the novel, and there’s even an alternate ending obtainable on the house video launch. I think about that ultimately we’ll see one other fashionable adaptation of I Am Legend that hews nearer to the supply materials. If Warner Bros. makes one other I Am Legend, hopefully it’s a full reboot as a substitute of making an attempt to piggyback off a ten-year-old film. The story is an inherently compelling one and may very well be instructed very in another way if completed once more. As for Francis Lawrence, the director is subsequent tackling Red Sparrow, an adaptation of the spy novel by creator Jason Matthews. Pink Sparrow hits theaters on March 2.

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