I Am Legend 2 to Draw Inspiration From The Last of Us

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I Am Legend 2 will reportedly take visual inspiration from The Last of Us for its post-apocalyptic style.

The sequel to 2007's I Am Legend was officially announced as being in development back in March 2022. Will Smith is set to reprise his role Dr. Robert Neville, with Michael B. Jordan joining the cast. Both are also producing the project. Despite being announced last year, we've heard very little about I Am Legend 2, but it seems that Akiva Goldsman has taken inspiration from one of the most iconic post-apocalyptic video games — The Last of Us.

In an interview with Deadline, Goldman (who is returning to write I Am Legend 2), said, "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 said

The Last of Us has also recently received a pop culture resurgence, thanks to HBO's TV adaptation. The series, based on the 2013 game of the same name, follows roughly the same plot as the original and has received mass praise from fans and critics alike.

Will Smith's reprisal of his I Am Legend role points to the film's alternative ending as being canon. The alternative ending, which was available as part of a two-disc special edition DVD, released in 2008, more closely follows the novel on which the film was based.

I Am Legends 2 has not yet been given a release date.