Warner Bros. has closed deals with Akiva Goldsman and Overbrook Entertainment to produce another installment of the 2007 hit film I Am Legend, according to a report by Deadline Hollywood. The intention is for Will Smith to reprise his role as scientist Robert Neville, who was the last man on Earth doing battle with a mutated mob in New York City after an apocalyptic man-made virus wiped out the population. A deal was made with Arash Amel to write the script. The film is not being called a prequel, which had been rumored for the past few years. But clearly Warner Bros sees more room to roam on a film that grossed $584 million worldwide. The original film is based on the novel by Richard Matheson.
Deadline Hollywood reports that Smith won’t commit until the script is ready, and it is still unknown if I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence will participate.