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I Will Be Legend

09.24.2008

It's been rumored/threatened for a while, but Warner Bros. and the principal talent are apparently going through with a prequel to the hit post-apocalyptic thriller I AM LEGEND.

The prequel will tell the story that someone out there (probably the accountants) must have wanted, chronicling the days leading up to New York's invasion by hemoglobin-sucking, rubbery-looking CGI mutants. Smith is expected to return to the role of military scientist Robert Neville, because if you can't be prepared for a sudden outbreak of bloodthirsty nocturnal nasties, you'd better be Will Smith.

Francis Lawrence will again direct, despite there being dozens of better things to apply his visual skills and Smith's star power. Writer D.B. Weiss is working on a script. I wonder how it will end?

The original movie, an adaptation of Richard Matheson's vampire story, revolved around the last living person in a Big Apple brimming with hideous man-monsters, the result of a catastrophic worldwide plague.

Extra Tidbit: I guess a sequel with Neville's long-lost twin brother seemed like a bad idea...
Source: Variety

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5:23PM on 09/28/2008

NONONONONONO

NONONONONONONONONONO!!!!

They had the fucking prequel in the original movie! Did everyone forget the flashbacks? We already know all about the takeover.
NONONONONONONONONONO!!!!

They had the fucking prequel in the original movie! Did everyone forget the flashbacks? We already know all about the takeover.
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11:29AM on 09/26/2008

screw them all

Francis Lawrence along with Akiva Goldsman should both be tried for crimes against humanity and are probably going to Hell. Two people taking books and comics we know and love and turning them into utter tripe and making millions for it. There is nothing good about what they do. I can't say enough bad things about them, they are in cahoots with the devil.
Francis Lawrence along with Akiva Goldsman should both be tried for crimes against humanity and are probably going to Hell. Two people taking books and comics we know and love and turning them into utter tripe and making millions for it. There is nothing good about what they do. I can't say enough bad things about them, they are in cahoots with the devil.
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10:42PM on 09/25/2008
Milking the cow dry...
Milking the cow dry...
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4:35PM on 09/25/2008
Did anyone else go see this movie at IMAX only for the extended Dark Knight preview? That was the best part.
Did anyone else go see this movie at IMAX only for the extended Dark Knight preview? That was the best part.
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2:49PM on 09/25/2008

The one film tha needs it

Whether or not this happens its a good idea. I am Legend had SO MANY PLOTHOLES in it I don't know how anyone with a brain could have made sense of it. I suppose you could just say its a popcorn flick, but this film seriously took a shot at humanity's intelligence. ie/How the hell did that woman save him? Why do they show him falling asleep in the tub and waking up in bed? I know small and petty but the big ones would take up too much space!
As I walked from the theater I thought to myself
Whether or not this happens its a good idea. I am Legend had SO MANY PLOTHOLES in it I don't know how anyone with a brain could have made sense of it. I suppose you could just say its a popcorn flick, but this film seriously took a shot at humanity's intelligence. ie/How the hell did that woman save him? Why do they show him falling asleep in the tub and waking up in bed? I know small and petty but the big ones would take up too much space!
As I walked from the theater I thought to myself "Y'know a more interesting story would have been to show how this all happened, how he set himself up to survive the way he did, how humanity degraded to "monsters" and what exactly his role was before the end of the world. They touched on it so lightly that it frustrated the hell out of me. Plain and simple this is the one flick that NEEDS to answer for itself and if it has to happen in a prequel I'm all for it.
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1:37PM on 09/25/2008

Not Happening

Smith is not going to sign on and neither is Lawrence. That's Francis Lawrence NOT Martin Lawrence - he'll sign on for anything with a budget over $100 that goes direct to DVD!
Smith is not going to sign on and neither is Lawrence. That's Francis Lawrence NOT Martin Lawrence - he'll sign on for anything with a budget over $100 that goes direct to DVD!
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10:58AM on 09/25/2008

HELL NO...

What is this? I hope this is not true. They're ruining the idea of the movie. I AM LEGEND is a great movie. One of Smith's CLASSICS.

Prequel. They should ask the makers of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE The beginning makers about how they felt when THE BEGINNING failed so badly and it sucked big time too.

I am against prequels and specially movies like 'I am Legend'

What is this? I hope this is not true. They're ruining the idea of the movie. I AM LEGEND is a great movie. One of Smith's CLASSICS.

Prequel. They should ask the makers of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE The beginning makers about how they felt when THE BEGINNING failed so badly and it sucked big time too.

I am against prequels and specially movies like 'I am Legend'

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8:54AM on 09/25/2008

I Is Legend

Brought to you by the Wayans bros.
Brought to you by the Wayans bros.
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8:03AM on 09/25/2008
Awful idea. Prequels need to be put out to pasture. We know how it ends! Where are the thrills to be found? Lawrence and Smith should collab on something else, maybe another horror/sci-fi. Anything but already trodden road. Waste of talent.
Awful idea. Prequels need to be put out to pasture. We know how it ends! Where are the thrills to be found? Lawrence and Smith should collab on something else, maybe another horror/sci-fi. Anything but already trodden road. Waste of talent.
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7:27AM on 09/25/2008
man this book was so good
man this movie was so godawful, it made the omega man/last man on earth look faithful
man this book was so good
man this movie was so godawful, it made the omega man/last man on earth look faithful
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7:25AM on 09/25/2008
I hate it when people say that the theatrical ending wasn't so bad cause he still died. That's not what's important! It completely missed the point of the book. The alternate ending keeps the same message and themes from the book and he lives.

Luke319, regardless of what you think, the theatrical ending was a total cop out.
I hate it when people say that the theatrical ending wasn't so bad cause he still died. That's not what's important! It completely missed the point of the book. The alternate ending keeps the same message and themes from the book and he lives.

Luke319, regardless of what you think, the theatrical ending was a total cop out.
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6:27AM on 09/25/2008
I AM LEGEND, in my opinion, was terrific. Theatrical ending and all. In fact, the only thing I wish were better were the CGI effects, but then I guess they can fix that this time around.

A prequel, with Will Smith again? I'm game.
I AM LEGEND, in my opinion, was terrific. Theatrical ending and all. In fact, the only thing I wish were better were the CGI effects, but then I guess they can fix that this time around.

A prequel, with Will Smith again? I'm game.
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3:18AM on 09/25/2008

once again...

The uncreative people (accountants) making the movies...stupid idea...but it's a business so lets rape it for every penny we possibly can. Dumb movie, but fiscally a good roll of the dice, and that's about it.

This is not a movie for an audience. This is a movie for the company and people involved to make some masturbatory money off of an idea.
The uncreative people (accountants) making the movies...stupid idea...but it's a business so lets rape it for every penny we possibly can. Dumb movie, but fiscally a good roll of the dice, and that's about it.

This is not a movie for an audience. This is a movie for the company and people involved to make some masturbatory money off of an idea.
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3:18AM on 09/25/2008

?

What? You gotta be fucking kidding me! Especially with that title!
What? You gotta be fucking kidding me! Especially with that title!
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2:55AM on 09/25/2008

No Thanks

Sorry, but whoever said the first film was faithful to the book, I just can't agree. There were similarities, like isolation, and him having a dog (though he shouldn't have just had it). Suburbia, VAMPIRES, Cortman, desperation, etc, these are what a faithful adaptation needs to start with. Everyone mentions how inspirational Matheson's book is, so make that movie. This shit needs to stop, and focus must be put on something closer to the original source. But who cares if they do another, it
Sorry, but whoever said the first film was faithful to the book, I just can't agree. There were similarities, like isolation, and him having a dog (though he shouldn't have just had it). Suburbia, VAMPIRES, Cortman, desperation, etc, these are what a faithful adaptation needs to start with. Everyone mentions how inspirational Matheson's book is, so make that movie. This shit needs to stop, and focus must be put on something closer to the original source. But who cares if they do another, it wont be a disgrace to anything and I can always go back to the book, knowing all those people enjoying the shitty movie have no idea what they are missing.
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2:14AM on 09/25/2008

Adaptation?

I'd hardly call the movie and adaptation of the book seeing as how the ONLY thing they had in common was the title and the main character's name. They butchered the book but since this prequel has no original source material to go off, at least whatever the final product is it will not have butchered anything.
I'd hardly call the movie and adaptation of the book seeing as how the ONLY thing they had in common was the title and the main character's name. They butchered the book but since this prequel has no original source material to go off, at least whatever the final product is it will not have butchered anything.
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2:07AM on 09/25/2008
I liked I am Legend even though I never read the book.... a prequel is worthy as long as they make it more graphic and gut-wrenching! But I don't hold out for much since Hollywood is full of a bunch of pussies!!
I liked I am Legend even though I never read the book.... a prequel is worthy as long as they make it more graphic and gut-wrenching! But I don't hold out for much since Hollywood is full of a bunch of pussies!!
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1:51AM on 09/25/2008

Crap

I am Legend wasn't anything like the book, besides the name Robert Neville. The book should have gotten a real film attached to it. Marauding vampires trying to get in at night? Sounds awesome. A neighbor who continuously taunts Robert? Sweet. Really creepy twist involving a women? Nice. Dead wife knocking on the door? Whoa! New vampire society? Awesome ending.

Why wasn't this made yet? Why Will Smith, why?
I am Legend wasn't anything like the book, besides the name Robert Neville. The book should have gotten a real film attached to it. Marauding vampires trying to get in at night? Sounds awesome. A neighbor who continuously taunts Robert? Sweet. Really creepy twist involving a women? Nice. Dead wife knocking on the door? Whoa! New vampire society? Awesome ending.

Why wasn't this made yet? Why Will Smith, why?
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1:32AM on 09/25/2008

Uh... don't know if you guys have read the book...

...or if you're just trying to sound like you have, but the first half of the movie was pretty damn faithful to the book, right up until the part where the dog died. Yeah it didn't have the neighbor in it, but it was just as faithful as most literary adaptations and moreso than some. The onyl thing they really messed up on was the ending, and even that wasn't the complete cop-out it could've been (they could've had him live). A prequel's unnecessary though.
...or if you're just trying to sound like you have, but the first half of the movie was pretty damn faithful to the book, right up until the part where the dog died. Yeah it didn't have the neighbor in it, but it was just as faithful as most literary adaptations and moreso than some. The onyl thing they really messed up on was the ending, and even that wasn't the complete cop-out it could've been (they could've had him live). A prequel's unnecessary though.
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1:20AM on 09/25/2008

FUCK THIS IDEA

This sounds like complete and utter bullshit to me.
This sounds like complete and utter bullshit to me.
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11:56PM on 09/24/2008
maybe this one will actually follow the fuckin book
maybe this one will actually follow the fuckin book
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11:56PM on 09/24/2008
I Am Legend was a piece of shit IMO. Could've been nominated for worst CGI ever if such an award existed. Considering how it's based on a classic book I think a prequel is fucking retarded. Yeah, that's my two cents.
I Am Legend was a piece of shit IMO. Could've been nominated for worst CGI ever if such an award existed. Considering how it's based on a classic book I think a prequel is fucking retarded. Yeah, that's my two cents.
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11:52PM on 09/24/2008

Can't wait!

I Am Legend was an amazing book but just an alright movie and i really hope they stick closer to the story this time around with stuff like Neville's neighbor, the different types of vampires, and hell why not the naked female vampires that try to seduce him to come outside.
I Am Legend was an amazing book but just an alright movie and i really hope they stick closer to the story this time around with stuff like Neville's neighbor, the different types of vampires, and hell why not the naked female vampires that try to seduce him to come outside.
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11:50PM on 09/24/2008
Considering that the first movie sucked balls, I'll be skipping this bargain-basement gem.
Considering that the first movie sucked balls, I'll be skipping this bargain-basement gem.
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11:46PM on 09/24/2008
Believe it or not, I'm down. If done right, it could be better than the original. And I liked Legend. I just love the idea of it being a more straight-up horror movie, showing Robert Neville in transition from mild-mannered scientist to last thread of unaltered human DNA in New York.

They just need to find a better way to go with the vampires. Either spend a couple extra million on CGI or (GASP) people in make-up! What a novel concept!
Believe it or not, I'm down. If done right, it could be better than the original. And I liked Legend. I just love the idea of it being a more straight-up horror movie, showing Robert Neville in transition from mild-mannered scientist to last thread of unaltered human DNA in New York.

They just need to find a better way to go with the vampires. Either spend a couple extra million on CGI or (GASP) people in make-up! What a novel concept!
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11:35PM on 09/24/2008

well...

its not like the accountants are forcing a prequel of the book, which is the only thing to get protective over...i hope Francis Lawrence can move on tho and find success...i kinda liked both Legend and Constantine
its not like the accountants are forcing a prequel of the book, which is the only thing to get protective over...i hope Francis Lawrence can move on tho and find success...i kinda liked both Legend and Constantine
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