After a 4 year break Will Smith returned to the big screen last month in Men in Black 3, which has already made more than the second film and is edging closer to the $589 million worldwide gross of the original (not taking 10 years of inflation and 3D ticket prices into account).
In an interview with the BBC Smith said he’d be up for making a 4th entry “if people love this one”, but he doesn’t want to become “the sequel guy”.
Because Will’s past movies have done so well studios have wanted to move forward with more films, which is why I, Robot 2, Bad Boys 3, and Hancock 2 have all been in various stages of development over recent years. Smith said he’d “potentially consider Bad Boys III“, adding that there was a “ground swell”, but a return to the I Am Legend universe was unlikely.
Speaking to Radio 1’s Chris Moyles, the 43-year-old actor revealed producers are working on I Am Legend II but that he was unlikely to take part.
When asked if he would be involved, Smith said: “Probably not. Producers are working on it. I’m not actually working on it. If it’s great, I’m into it. I don’t want to be the sequel guy. I figure I’ve got about six or seven more years where I can run and jump a little bit and then I’m going butt and gut for the rest of my career. Butt and gut.”
In February it was revealed that Arash Amel (The Expatriate) had been hired to write the script, but it was unknown whether original director Francis Lawrence would be involved (he’s busy with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire for the foreseeable future anyway). Will not returning for another round makes sense given the ending of I Am Legend, so it’ll be interesting to see if Warner Bros. moves forward without him.