I Am Legend

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I Am Legend‘, the 1954 novel penned by Richard Matheson, is a wonderful piece of horror fiction that has been adapted for the big screen several times and was even the inspiration behind George Romero’s zombie-movie pioneer, Night of the Living Dead.  Most recently, the novel spawned a big budget movie of the same name, starring Will Smith as a virologist caught in the middle of an outbreak that has turned pretty much every other human on Earth into zombies.  The tale of loneliness and survival managed to take in $585mil worldwide and rumors of another entry in the franchise have swirled for years now.  According to Deadline, it appears that Warner Brothers has finally found a way to bring Legend back to the big screen, though in a completely different way than had previously been rumored.  If you were hoping for a sequel or even a prequel, you can finally stop waiting. If the rumor is correct, WB will actually be rebooting the entire franchise.  Again. (more…)

Though Will Smith is presently headlining the third movie in the Men in Black series, a film that recently passed the $500 million worldwide box office threshold, he apparently is losing his taste for sequels, telling BBC News:

“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.”

Smith then immediately added a “Wooooooooo!!!”, because he sounds exactly like Jay Pharoah.

In keeping with his new-found sequel bias, the Bad Boys 2 star, who has previously been loosely linked to sequels for Independence Day and Hancock, also told the BBC the cold hard truth about the proposed I Am Legend sequel… eventually.

“Producers are working on it,” Smith said, adding, “I’m not actually working on it. If it’s great, I’m into it.”, before finally admitting that he probably wouldn’t reconsider and, I suppose, actually work on it.

Spoilers. You’ve been warned.

Fans and other general viewers of the 2007 Francis Lawrence helmed sci-fi/horror epic will no doubt recall that Smith’s Robert Neville character died at the end. Those who also read the Richard Matheson novel (also titled, I Am Legend) that the film was based on, will no doubt recall that the film veered wildly from the source material, not in Neville’s end, but in the way the story concludes.

Smith‘s “death” in the film prompted many to speculate that his involvement in a future Legend project would indicate a need for any future film to be a prequel, despite the numerous flashbacks that detailed both Neville’s back story and the way that the virus spread —  but now I have to wonder if we could be in a for a sequel.

In the novel, Neville begins to more fully witness the humanity of the vampirish creatures and realizes that he is now the “new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever”, the new “legend” prior to his death. Producers could visit that revelation with a new protagonist pivoting off of the original film.

Lets be honest though, the alternate ending to the movie starts down this path, and it’s actually a vast improvement on the Hollywood-sacrificial-hero-porn that went out to the masses at first in the theatrical cut. So any hope that a  truer, more bleak ending might be fleshed out is likely just rabid hope, spun off into a void, never to be seen again. But then again, these people are allegedly working on another I Am Legend film sans the warm light of Will Smith‘s presence, so perhaps they’re a gaggle of dreamers and fools hell bent on chasing rainbows… or something.

Sources: BBC News via Blastr, Box Office Mojo, MTV, IO9

It’s been almost five years since Warner Bros.’ 2007 blockbuster I Am Legend hit the big screens, but now Deadline is reporting that the studio has closed deals with Akiva Goldsman and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment to make another film in the franchise. The original, made for about $150 million, earned a massive $585.3 million worldwide.

According to the site:

“the intention is for Will Smith to reprise his role as scientist Robert Neville, who was the last man on earth doing battle with a mutated mob in New York City after an apocalyptic man-made virus wiped out the population.”

Arash Amel (upcoming The Expatriate – completed and waiting on release date, and Grace of Monaco – in pre-production) has been hired to write the script. The film is not being called a prequel, so it will be interesting what story they will tell considering the events already covered that took place in I Am Legend. There’s no word yet if director Francis Lawrence will return.

Will Smith said this was the idea about three years ago:

“It’s essentially the fall of the last city – the last stand of Manhattan. The movie would be…within the body of the movie D.C. and then Manhattan would fall as the last city. It’s a really cool idea trying to figure it out…there’s a reason why we have to take a small band and we have to get into D.C. So we have to make our way from New York to D.C. and then back to New York.”

The thought of getting a good look at what brought us to the opening scene in I Am Legend is an intriguing one. There would be a lot more action once things get going and then there is the safe house setup that Smith’s character builds.

What do you think, is this “Not a Prequel” worth a look?

Hollywood has just given the thumbs up to another novel for film adaptation. Winter’s Tale written by Mark Halprin was first released in 1983. The premise of the story takes place in a future New York with hints of mysticism, and allure that adds a unique quality to an already captivating, and original story.  Of course, if Halpring should thank anyone in Hollywood for the resurgence of his book it definitely has to be a certain screenwriter along with the help of two big name stars in the film industry.

Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, he man who wrote well known films I Am Legend and  Batman and Robin, has had the script for Winter’s Tale floating around the purgatory that is “film development”. With his involvement in other projects such as:  I Am LegendHancock  I, Robot, and a A Beautiful Mind. We can definately understand why he would reach out to the big star’s in both of these films to help him out, and lending their names and talents to this film.

So, with the help of Russel Crowe and Will Smith he has been able to their top notch acting to lend more interest to the film, while managing to shave 20 million dollars off of a 75 million dollar budget. This allows for the film company to take a step towards filming possibly starting in the Fall. Film adaptation of  Helprin’s novel will be Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut, and should hopefully be a hit in the box office. With so many books being adapted into film in the next year or two, it seems that I’ve definitely started a reading list to last me past summer vacation and a little into the Fall.



Whether  tall, wide, thin, short, shy or not the different fiction creatures in films have endeared us to them through their interaction with the lead character and their persona through the films. While some may be creatures who can speak the human tongue, others cannot. Yet, we understand what they say and how they feel, so with this in mind how do we react towards their deaths. In this top ten list we boil down sad deaths, and sift them down to the ten saddest. We start our list off with one of the tinniest creatures in the world that is said, to scare elephants. (at least in cartoons)


DVD Tuesday 8/3/10


Yeah folks, it’s already August and also a Tuesday, which means one thing, DVD Tuesday. We here at NerdBastards list what came out and recommend if it’s either a BUY, RENT, or a PASS. We got a STACKED Old Is New Again section (13 of them to be exact) and the TV Show DVD. Anime Pick and the LOL/WTF Release is on hiatus this week. So what you waiting, check after the break to see what came out and see if there is anything you want. (more…)