Warner Bros. has been trying to figure out a way to get a sequel for I Am Legend off the ground for years. Well, they've finally given up on that sequel and they are looking to just reboot the damn thing.
The news comes from Deadline, who says that the franchise reboot will not include Will Smith. The actor doesn't seem very interested in doing any sequels these days anyway. He's been dodging that Independence Day sequel for years.
The studio is basically taking an already existing spec script that they acquired earlier this year called A Garden At The End Of The World, and changing it up to fit the I Am Legend story. The script was written by Gary Graham, who worked at the Apple store in midtown Manhattan before his script was picked up.
The original script is described as "a sci-fi version of John Wayne’s The Searchers." The studio executives and producers felt that there were enough similarities to the themes and mythology of I Am Legend in the script that they asked Graham to redraft the script so that it would fit the franchise.
That's too bad. I would have much rather seen a movie made based on the original script than have it changed to fit a property that they want to reboot.