Smith shared a teaser photo alluding to the partnership following the news, and tagged Jordan in the post.
Oscar winner Goldsman and Mark Protosevich adapted Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel for the original 2007 film and returns to pen the follow-up. Details about the new movie, including its plot and who will direct, are scarce as it is still in development.
Directed by Francis Lawrence, “I Am Legend” starred Smith as virologist Robert Neville, the sole survivor in New York City of a man-made plague that transforms humans into bloodthirsty mutants, and follows him while he fights to find a cure. The movie opened at the top of the domestic box office, with a $77 million haul, and went on to earn more than $585 million worldwide.
Jordan and Elizabeth Raposo will produce under their Outlier Society banner; Smith and Jon Mone, Westbrook Studios’ co-president and head of motion pictures, produce with Ryan Shimazaki overseeing. James Lassiter will serve as an executive producer. Goldsman and Greg Lessans will also produce via Weed Road Pictures.
News of the team-up comes as Smith is earning some of the biggest accolades of his blockbuster career for his leading performance in Warner Bros.’ “King Richard.” On Saturday, Smith won the best actor prize at the NAACP Image Awards, before taking home his first Screen Actors Guild award on Sunday. The film is also nominated for six Academy Awards, with Smith earning his third best actor Oscar nod, plus recognition as a producer with the film in the running for best picture.
Beyond the raves for “King Richard,” Smith is also celebrating the launch of “Bel-Air,” the dramatic update to his iconic TV series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” on Peacock, as well as the completion of filming on his next starring role, “Emancipation.” The thriller, directed by Antoine Fuqua, sold to Apple TV Plus for a reported $120 million.
Jordan is also in the middle of a winning season, with the actor in production on his feature directorial debut, MGM’s “Creed III.” He most recently starred in Sony’s “A Journal for Jordan,” directed by Denzel Washington, and Amazon’s “Without Remorse,” both of which he produced under his Outlier Society banner. The company also has a live-action adaptation of DC Comics’ “Static Shock” in development at Warner Bros., penned by Randy McKinnon, with Reginald Hudlin also producing.
Jordan and Outlier Society are represented by M88, WME, and Gregory Slewett. Smith is represented by CAA. Goldsman is repped by CAA and Hansen Jacobson Teller.
Deadline was first to report news of the developing project.