Legend Prequel, Hancock Sequel?

They may be amongst the weakest films he’s done, but Will Smith’s two most recent major hits look like they’re about to become franchises.

First up, Warner Bros. Pictures has set in motion a prequel to post-apocalyptic thriller “I Am Legend” which Francis Lawrence will again direct reports the trades. Writer D.B. Weiss is currently working on a script.

Smith is expected to return to the role of military scientist Robert Neville in the story that will deal with the final days of humanity in New York before a man-made virus caused a plague that left Smith’s character the lone survivor in a barren city over-run by deadly nocturnal mutants.

In less official news, a reliable source tells Dark Horizons that Sony has quietly set a “Hancock” sequel into development. More on that when it comes.