I'll admit from the start, I know very little about this film. I
haven't seen any of the two film adaptions of the post-apocalyptic
novel I Am Legend, and I haven't read the book. Bearing that in mind,
I'll lift Aint It Cool's news post on the subject:
I AM LEGEND... Richard Matheson's brilliant work, twice
adapted to screen thus far.... Once by Vincent Price (the best version)
then most iconically by Charlton Heston. This third adaptation has been
a thing of legend in its own right. From the adaptation by Mark
Protosevich, which was nearly perfect save for the pandering ending
required by Warner Brothers... It has seen different producers and
directors as often as... well as Warner's own SUPERMAN. Well it looks
like Francis Lawrence, director of CONSTANTINE, has finally tamed the
beast. I'm hearing that Will Smith will star... which makes this his
first foray into horror. He's fought Aliens and Robots... so why not
Vampires. Personally, I can see this... but only if he gives himself
over to the tragedy of the role. The melancholy of being the Last Man
on Earth. Now, if they're planning on actually shooting this in New
York.. that means a pretty huge scale for this. Both previous
adaptations were in the more sprawling Los Angeles. Let's see where
this goes, I just hope they've kept the books ending... after all, the
title isn't I AM A LIVING LEGEND...
Just thought you should be aware - on the "Reel Jobs"
section on the Mayor's office website of New York City, they've listed
the Richard Matheson adaptation "I Am Legend" in need of a scout staff,
aiming for a May 5th start date of actual *shooting*.
First I've heard of this - but hey, I'm looking forward to it.
- SR Hadden
So there you go. Has anyone seen the previous adaptions?