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Jan. 15, 2007by: Mike Sampson

One of the movies coming out in 2007 that I'm increasingly worried about is I AM LEGEND. The adaptation of Richard Matheson's classic novel into a big-budget Will Smith action flick has me a little bit jumpy. For one, there have been significant changes to a script that was, at one time, pretty well written. Those changes were made to appease Smith who made similar changes to I, ROBOT to make that more of a "Will Smith movie." I want to like LEGEND just on principle alone - vampire creatures, post-apocalyptic New York, director Francis Lawrence - but I worry about whether this will be more a "Will Smith movie" than a Richard Matheson movie. The New York Times recently visited the set and published an article on the update in yesterday's paper (complete with funky new pic below). It's not exactly controversial - Smith doesn't make himself available and (likely as some provision of access to the talent) there is just some basic backstory. But it might serve to offer up some tidbits like this quote from Lawrence: "There is a little bit of an AIDS metaphor here...because the people Neville deals with are infected...Theyre not dead, theyre not vampires, they have a chronic disease." You can read the whole article for yourself then return here to debate the merits of the film below.

Source: New York Times

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10:09AM on 01/16/2007

Aww Damn

How annoying is this? Hollywood always wanting to turn books into movies, but then somewhere along the way they decide to butcher the story, characters and plot alltogether. After reading the book dozens of times I still say this role had edward norton written all over it... instead we get I, Vampire
How annoying is this? Hollywood always wanting to turn books into movies, but then somewhere along the way they decide to butcher the story, characters and plot alltogether. After reading the book dozens of times I still say this role had edward norton written all over it... instead we get I, Vampire
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3:02PM on 01/15/2007

What a shame

I hate to be judgemental this early on but I just can't picture this being a good movie. They changed too many scenarios from book to sceen. And Will Smith? C'mon dude. Between this and The Omega Man this poor book (a damn good book at that) can't get a good adaptation for it's ass.
I hate to be judgemental this early on but I just can't picture this being a good movie. They changed too many scenarios from book to sceen. And Will Smith? C'mon dude. Between this and The Omega Man this poor book (a damn good book at that) can't get a good adaptation for it's ass.
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12:32PM on 01/15/2007

I already know how it'll end

Smith is about to be killed, a vampire is going to smack him with a lead pipe. He holds his arm up in front of him as the vampire swings. BANG. It turns out he has a robotic arm and it saves him. He stands up and offers some variaton of "OH HELL NAW!" then goes on to beat the shit out of everything. Then a vampire super computer identifies itself as the real bad guy, Smith manages to kick its virtual ass, then a way to make the cure just dawns on him in a dramatic scene with orchestra
Smith is about to be killed, a vampire is going to smack him with a lead pipe. He holds his arm up in front of him as the vampire swings. BANG. It turns out he has a robotic arm and it saves him. He stands up and offers some variaton of "OH HELL NAW!" then goes on to beat the shit out of everything. Then a vampire super computer identifies itself as the real bad guy, Smith manages to kick its virtual ass, then a way to make the cure just dawns on him in a dramatic scene with orchestra music and clever lighting. The End.
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11:46AM on 01/15/2007
Yeah, this sadly looks like "I, robot 2": mindless action, a lot of one-liners and product placement and nothing like the book. What will be the third in the trilogy, "I, moron"?
Yeah, this sadly looks like "I, robot 2": mindless action, a lot of one-liners and product placement and nothing like the book. What will be the third in the trilogy, "I, moron"?
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