It was only a matter of time before Warner Bros figured out a way to relaunch I Am Legend as a franchise. The studio has been itching to do something with the property ever since the 2007 film raked in $586 million worldwide. They’ve attempted to get sequels off the ground, and even prequels- which would bring Will Smith back as Robert Neville. Nothing came of those previous attempts, and Smith’s reluctance to return likely aided that.
Now the Warners may have found the answer…with a script that’s not even based on that film or the 1954 book it was adapted from. Earlier this year, they bought a script by unknown writer Gary Graham. At the time, he was working as a sales associate at the Apple Store in midtown Manhattan. They found his script, “A Garden At The End of The World,” on the Black List and loved it. In the coming months, they noticed that it bore many similarities in tone and mythology to I Am Legend. According to Deadline, they have now asked Graham to retrofit that script so that it could serve as a relaunch for Legend.
This wouldn’t be the first time a script has been retooled so that it could work as a sequel in an established franchise. Other famous examples include Ocean’s 12, Die Hard With A Vengeance, and Jack Ryan.