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September 25, 2008 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 25, 2008 |


What do you do when you have an incredibly successful end-of-the-world post-apocalyptic thriller where your box-office monster of a lead bites a grenade in the end? The world and your box-office clout is dead, so a sequel is basically out of the equation.

The answer, of course, is a prequel. Nevermind that we ultimately know the fate of Robert Neville — apparently, Hollywood thinks they can extract some tension out of the days leading up to the days when the world ended. Also, if I’m not mistaken, the days before the days were actually covered in a series of flashbacks, so where does that leave the prequel for I Am Legend? The days before the days before the days leading up to the end? Awesome, we can watch Will Smith eat breakfast, go to the office, and come home and play dolls with his daughter, knowing exactly how it will all end. I suppose the good news is that the dog will return.

Will Smith is returning, as is the original’s director, Frances Lawrence. The storyline is based on an extensive outline penned by Akiva Goldsman, the genius behind Batman and Robin and Practical Magic (oh, OK: He also wrote Cinderella Man).

You know what else is a great idea? A prequel to Juno, covering the days leading up to the scene, covered in flashbacks, where Juno gets pregnant in the chair. Let’s do this, Diablo.

Just the Absolute Worst Prequel Idea

I Mean, Really / Dustin Rowles

Industry | September 25, 2008 | Comments ()




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