The Warner Brothers company has been trying to get a new I AM LEGEND film out there for years, but have never quite managed to get all the pieces in place. Now Deadline is reporting that a new script has been found for a reboot of the 2007 Will Smith starring film, and Smith will not be returning. The new film is expected to mark the beginning of a new franchise.
"Warner is retrofitting A Garden At The End Of The World, a spec script that the studio bought back in April from Gary Graham, who was working at the Apple store in midtown Manhattan when he posted his script on the Black List website and got the attention of CAA and manager Brooklyn Weaver. They signed him and sent his script out. Amid several bids, Warner Bros acquired what was described as a sci-fi version of John Wayne’s The Searchers. When Graham was brought in to rewrite his script, the studio by then had talked to the I Am Legend producers and noted enough similarities to the themes and mythology of that film that they asked the scribe to consider a redraft to fit that property."
Original I AM LEGEND producers Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter and Joby Harold are on board to produce, along with Roy Lee, and Weaver. The studio made a previous attempt to prequelize Legend, hiring Arash Amel to write a script that would have brought Smith’s Robert Neville scientist character back, right before the horrible events that left him alone on the planet. They just couldn’t figure it out and scrapped the attempt. The 2007 original grossed $586 million worldwide.
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