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I AM LEGEND PREQUEL OFFICIAL and DEPP lining up projects, including a fourth PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movie!

According to Variety, Universal has officially green lit plans to produce a prequel to its huge worldwide hit I AM LEGEND. Will Smith and director Francis Lawrence have signed on for the project. As I wrote a few months ago when I heard this was the direction the studio was headed in, I’m not a big fan of the idea. While every movie is made to make money this, to me, is a total cash grab that puts the green before anything truly creative. Yes, Will Smith is the biggest box-office draw in movies today, but his character Robert Neville’s story has been told. I understand going backwards is the only way to keep Smith involved but, from a creative standpoint, the story just seems so limited. I believe the studio is totally underestimating the ‘end of the world concept’, and I think they could cast another actor or actress in the lead, set the film in Los Angeles, recreate the same circumstances of the original, and a mass audience would still show up. Of course I wouldn’t be writing this if the studio just went with the superior alternative ending on the special edition DVD where Neville survives at the end. Didn’t the studio know they would wind up in this position when they agreed on that theatrical cut! This is just another example of studio incompetence and an end result that I can’t get excited about. I think I’m going to watch THE OMEGA MAN!

According to the same trade, JOHNNY DEPP has cut a deal with Disney to reprise his role of Captain Jack Sparrow in a fourth PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN film and will also play TONTO in a LONE RANGER MOVIE. Depp appears to be solidifying his retirement fund since he’s also going to star in Tim Burton’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND playing the Mad Hatter! While I like Depp as Sparrow, the last two installments were the worst of what cinema has to offer. Bloated epics that features an abundance of CGI effects, backed by no story to tell!

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September 27, 2008 - Posted by | And Beyond - Trailers & News

3 Comments »

  1. I loved “Legend” but a prequel? I’m with you on the prequel idea…they never seem to work out, do they?

    Comment by robd99 | September 30, 2008 | Reply

  2. Pirates 4? I’m not sure if I can sit through another one. The original was great but the sequels are all kind of, “been there done that.” They definitely lose their “awe” factor of seeing the characters, villains and nevermind the storyline.

    Comment by robd99 | September 30, 2008 | Reply

  3. Prequels are usually made when studios have no other way to take a storyline forward. At least in Warner Bros. mind that is the case with I AM LEGEND because the studio went with the wrong ending. Will Smith knows he’ll get a huge paycheck so he wants in. Again, I wish the studio would have faith in the concept, because I really believe there is a mass audience for a sequel without Will Smith.

    CHUCK-entertainmenttodayandbeyond.com

    Comment by etbcoop | September 30, 2008 | Reply


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