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.