During a panel at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Academy Award-winning actor disclosed details on the long-gestating sequel to the 2007 post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie. I Am Legend 2 will see the Smith star alongside Michael B. Jordan.
“I have a call with Michael B. Jordan tomorrow. We’re really close, script just came in,” Smith said, as reported by Variety. “You have to be a real ‘I Am Legend’ buff to know this, but in the first, theatrical version, my character dies, but on the DVD there was an alternate version of the ending where my character lived.”
As Smith stated, I Am Legend 2 will pick up after the alternate ending in the first film as opposed to the theatrical release, in which Smith’s character dies.
“We are going with the mythology of the DVD version. I can’t tell you anything more, but Michael B. Jordan is in,” Smith continued.
During the panel, Smith also discussed the power of film and how it can influence and shape people.
“Movies are about people trying to figure out how to be here without being miserable – how to be okay with life, how to not just survive but how to thrive into this potential existential tragedy that we have all been dropped into,” Smith said. “How do we find love and joy in all that.”