"I Am Legend" prequel/sequel

T_Montalbano

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Director Francis Lawrence had initially confirmed that there will be a prequel to I Am Legend and that Will Smith will be reprising his role. Lawrence stated that this movie would reveal what happens to Neville before the infected take over New York. D.B. Weiss has been recruited to write the script, while Lawrence would direct. Smith stated the film would have Neville and his team going from New York City to Washington, D.C. and back again, as they made their last stand. However, it has since been announced that after meeting with Warner Bros, the decision was made to change the direction of the film and make it into a sequel, with Smith and Weiss both still involved. It is expected for a 2011 release.
 

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I kinda wish they put the "controversial" alternate ending in the theatrical version of the film, what do you think?
 

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The controversial ending, the one where he doesn't commit genocide (how is genocide not controversial?) is actually a good, satisfactory ending that makes sense and would've made the movie more successful.

The current ending is a tripe action sequence that rips off SIGNS and says "God exists" while having the main character do a heroic, divinely inspired, act of martyrdom.

In other words, the test audience didn't like the ending that it originally had because in it, the main hero turns out to be potentially evil, and God is ambiguous at best.

The "official" ending is such a conventional, pandering Christian ending, it makes me want to wretch. It does no good. It's the banality of it. Christianity is inspiring when it's not Hollywood's paint-by-numbers.
 

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The controversial ending, the one where he doesn't commit genocide (how is genocide not controversial?) is actually a good, satisfactory ending that makes sense and would've made the movie more successful.

The current ending is a tripe action sequence that rips off SIGNS and says "God exists" while having the main character do a heroic, divinely inspired, act of martyrdom.

In other words, the test audience didn't like the ending that it originally had because in it, the main hero turns out to be potentially evil, and God is ambiguous at best.

The "official" ending is such a conventional, pandering Christian ending, it makes me want to wretch. It does no good. It's the banality of it. Christianity is inspiring when it's not Hollywood's paint-by-numbers.

couldn't have said it better
 

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I Am Legend: Awakening

Francis Lawrence confirmed that there will be a prequel and that Will Smith will be reprising his role. He stated that this movie would reveal what happens to Neville before the infected take over New York. D.B. Weiss has been recruited to write the script, while Lawrence would direct "if we figure out the story." The film will again explore the premise of what it's like to be alone, as Lawrence explained, ". . . the tough thing is, how do we do that again and in a different way?" The film is slated for release in 2011. It has been confirmed that the title of the prequel is "I Am Legend: Awakening."
 

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