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Ahh, what a difference a sequel makes. Earlier this year, the Hollywood rumor mill was buzzing with news that Overbrook Entertainment (the production co. owned by Will Smith) was working on a sequel for the 2007 hit "I Am Legend," which would feature Smith once again as Robert Neville — despite the fact that things hadn’t turned out so well for him at the end of the original.
No, he wasn't coming back from the dead, though we do kinda love when that happens in the movie-verse. Rather, the powers-that-be explained that technical glitch away by saying "I am Legend 2" wouldn't be a direct sequel, but rather a different story told within the same world. Clever.
Now, however, it looks like Smith may not be involved at all. The star explained, "Producers are working on it. I'm not actually working on it. If it's great, I'm into it."
When asked directly if he would be in the film the actor responded, "Probably not."
So, why is Smith so sequel-shy? It may (or may not) have something to do with last month's release of "Men in Black III," which wasn't a total disaster, but was viewed by many as a quick cash-grab (probably because it was).
In an interview with BBC, Smith danced around the issue, citing the fact that he doesn't want to become "the sequel guy." We're pretty sure he means "the bad sequel guy," but hey, what do we know? Regardless, Smith is a realist. The actor mused, "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 to butt and gut for the rest of my career. Butt and gut."
We couldn't have said it better ourselves. And while there are rumblings of sequels to other Smith-starrers like "Hancock," "Independence Day" and "I, Robot" out there, we'll just have to wait and see if he sticks to his guns … or jumps on board.