I Am Legend sequel was announced last year. Will Smith is set to come back to reprise his role, and he will be joined by Michael B. Jordan in this next movie. Francis Lawrence is set to direct the movie, and in a recent interview with Deadline, he shared new details on the project, announcing that it will take place after the alternate ending of the first movie.
And the new movie will be set a few decades after the events that took place. Lawrence explained:
“This will start a few decades later than the first. I’m obsessed with The Last of Us, where we see the world just post-apocalypse but also after a 20-30-year lapse. You see how the Earth reclaims the world, and there’s something beautiful in the question of, as man steps away from being the primary tenant, what happens? That will be especially visual in New York. I don’t know if they’ll climb up to the Empire State Building, but the possibilities are endless.”
He went on to talk about the influence that Richard Matheson‘s 1954 novel will have on the sequel:
“We trace back to the original Matheson book, and the alternate ending as opposed to the released ending in the original film. What Matheson was talking about was that man’s time on the planet as the dominant species had come to an end. That’s a really interesting thing we’re going to get to explore. There will be a little more fidelity to the original text.”