Will Smith and Michael B. Jordan are teaming up to bring a new installment of Warner Bros’ popular “I Am Legend” franchise to theaters.
According to Deadline, a sequel to the 2007 hit film is in the works, with Smith and Jordan set to star as co-producers and co-stars.
Jordan, 35, will join Elizabeth Raposo as a producer for Outlier Society, according to PEOPLE. Smith, 53, will collaborate with Westbrook Studios producers Jon Mone and Ryan Shimazaki.
This is the first major project Jordan and Smith have collaborated on, according to Deadline. According to the site, the two actors’ prior films have generated a combined $12.3 billion in worldwide sales.
According to Deadline, Smith appeared in the original zombie movie “I Am Legend,” which was set in post-apocalyptic New York City. According to the site, the picture was well-received upon its initial release, generating roughly $585.4 million worldwide.
According to Deadline, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who penned the original film as an adaptation of the 1954 Richard Matheson novel of the same name, is returning from the original crew to write the sequel screenplay.
Goldsman will co-produce with Greg Lessans of Weed Road Pictures, and James Lassiter will serve as executive producer. According to the site, a director has yet to be appointed.
According to PEOPLE, Smith posted an Instagram snapshot of a bleak city street similar to one shown in the original film on Friday, tagging Jordan but leaving no written caption.
According to Deadline, narrative details for the “I Am Legend” sequel are being kept under wraps for the time being.
Smith just won a Screen Actors Guild Award for his depiction of Richard Williams, father and coach of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams, in the 2021 film “King Richard,” as previously reported by theGrio.
According to Deadline, Smith has received Oscar nominations for Best Actor and Best Picture for “King Richard,” as well as an NAACP Image Award for Best Actor.
Smith paid tribute to the Williams family when accepting the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role at the SAG Awards on Feb. 27. Venus was in attendance and sat at Smith’s table.
“That may have been one of the greatest moments of my career just now because my name was called for King Richard sitting next to Venus Williams,” Smith said.
Jordan and Serena recently partnered to give aspiring entrepreneurs who are students or alumni of HBCUs a chance to win up to $1 million, according to theGrio. The prize is funded by an endowment from Jordan’s firm, Invesco QQQ Legacy Classic, Serena Ventures, the iconic tennis player’s investment company, and MaC Venture Capital.
Participants must submit an innovative business idea to be eligible, according to a press release, and the winners will be announced by Jordan and Serena on Dec. 18 during the QQQ Legacy Classic Basketball Showcase Finals in New Jersey.