Following the nearly $600 million global box-office success of “I Am Legend” in 2007, Warner Bros. Pictures was reportedly said to be exploring options that would take the story further – a sequel, perhaps even a prequel to the film adaptation of the famed Richard Matheson novella.
It never eventuated. Akiva Goldsman, who wrote and produced the film, has since moved on to numerous other projects including the about to release romantic fantasy “Winter’s Tale”. Doing promotion for the film, Goldsman tells io9 that it seems the studio has given up on any chance of a ‘Legend’ follow-up as well:
“[There was] never a movie. I mean, we wrote a prequel [and] a sequel. We had a really interesting prequel, which was the first outbreak of the virus, during a Thanksgiving Day parade, which was awesome.
We did a really interesting prequel that [took place] later. Which was right after the first… really right when the population of humans became pretty decimated. And it was this sort of trek to Washington. Which included a dark seeker elephant that had broken out of the zoo.
Then we did a sequel, that started with Neville again – and you realized that he was cloned. We’ve tried every which way. In fact if you’re available you could be in the next movie. It will never happen but we really enjoyed trying to make it happen. There were scripts. We really tried.”