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I Am Legend Getting Pricey?

Published April 25, 2007 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Warner Bros Pictures.
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We all know that I Am Legend is going to have its fair share of action with Will Smith, but the latest developments on the film make it sound like one of the most expensive productions to date.

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According to THR, I Am Legend's $150 million(-plus) budget could be just the beginning. A huge six-night shoot could have cost anywhere between $5 to $30 million. How could one string of filming cost so much? Well, take a look at some of the details from the set:

250 crew members; 1,000 extras including 160 members of the National Guard in full combat gear; 4 Department of Defense Humvees; 3 Stryker armored vehicles; a 110-foot cutter; a 41-foot utility boat; 2 25-foot Response Boat Small craft; 30 crewmen.

This type of congregation is enough to arouse Michael Bay straight back into his trailer.

With hypothermia-inducing temperatures, the production also encountered more than a few production-related injuries.

All of these things have cost.



Add in the fact that I Am Legend had to comply with at least 14 government agencies on the shoot and we can see how the bill added up so quick; I am especially curious on knowing how much exactly went to these agencies.

Since the scene would be difficult to film, tons of preparation had to be done long before the six-night shoot. Crews had to work weeks in advance just to set up proper lighting on the Brooklyn Bridge.

"The physical scale of the Brooklyn Bridge scene was the most daunting," says location manager Paul Kramer, who began preparations in July. "There were so many moving parts."

Add everything up and this single bridge scene could become the most expensive shot ever to take place in New York to date.

Check out the entire report here.

I Am Legend opens to theatres on December 14th.

For more movie info, go to the I Am Legend Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.


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