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Warner Bros Sets Production On I Am Legend

Published August 16, 2006 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders.
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After years of delays, Warner Bros has finally got the adaptation of I Am Legend ready to go for production. The studio's first big move was the casting of Will Smith nearly six months ago. Since then things went on pause until now.

I Am Legend Ready to Begin

According to Production Weekly , an over half-year production schedule has been set for the Will Smith sci-fi film I Am Legend. The adaptation of Richard Matheson's 1954 novel will be directed by Constantine Helmer Francis Lawrence.

Principle photography will begin on September 23rd and continue filming until Marth 31st in New York City.

The film has a theatrical release set for November 21, 2007.

I Am Legend is one of the most influential vampire novels of the 20th century, and regularly appears on the "10 Best" lists of numerous critical studies of the horror genre. I Am Legend is about a terrible plague that has decimated the world, and those who were unfortunate enough to survive have been transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Except, that is, for Robert Neville. He alone appears to be immune to this disease, but the grim irony is that now he is the outsider. He is the legendary monster who must be destroyed because he is different from everyone else. Employing a stark, almost documentary style, Richard Matheson was one of the first writers to convince us that the undead can lurk in a local supermarket freezer as well as a remote Gothic castle.

This is the third attempt to get the adaptation of I Am Legend into production. Arnold Schwarzenegger was set to star during the first attempt but the project quickly disappeared. Will Smith and Michael Bay hopped on the project in 2002 and, again, the project seemed to wither away.

It looks like Will Smith is feeling lucky for the third go.

Stay tuned for updates.

It is said that Will Smith prefers to dodge sci-fi films in order to avoid being typecast into the genre. With films like MIB:II, i,Robot, and now I Am Legend, one has to wonder how close Smith sticks to this principle. Maybe he just avoids getting involved in too many sci-fi films that involve space.
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