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Michael Bay to direct Will Smith in I AM LEGEND...

Hey folks, Harry here... And I'm actually very very very conflicted by the news I've just received. It seems that Michael Bay is putting the final touches on his deal to direct I AM LEGEND, based upon Richard Matheson's astonishingly wonderful novel that has spawn two movies thus far... THE OMEGA MAN with Charlton Heston and THE LAST MAN ON EARTH with Vincent Price.

His Neville will be played by Will Smith.

My instant and most immediate reaction to that is, "Fucking hell no!"

But then I remember that Will has completely changed his physical body type whilst shooting ALI for Michael Mann... That Will Smith does have the ability to actually be a good actor, but then I remember that this isn't an actor's director directing Will this time out. It is Michael Bay, who... while I love the grandeur and over-the-top go for broke audacity of his films... I will admit that in every single film of his, the actors involved usually are at their least, lost amongst all that is swirling around them.

Michael Bay is also not know for creating ATMOSPHERE and DREAD and FOREBODING. 3 KEY INGREDIENTS in making I AM LEGEND, three ingredients that had me excited about the project when it was in Ridley Scott's hands.

Watching the recent THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE and based on the buzz surrounding BLADE 2, there's a part of me that wishes to god this project was in Guillermo Del Toro's hands... But that is a dream that will never come to pass... Instead we have to deal with Michael Bay doing it.

God, I don't want Michael Bay doing this project. If he was, I'd want him to go back and shoot the first draft by Mark Protosevich... by far the best draft of I AM LEGEND that has been floating about... they only need to fix the very end 5 pages of that draft... otherwise it was perfect.

Fears: Atmosphere will be lost by rapid fire editing. Neville's gallow humor will play to big with Will Smith doing it. The Melancholy will be replaced with production numbers. The Inevitably badly handled romantic interlude between Will Smith and whomever they find to be his babe.

Pluses: It will be a HUGE production with Michael that will 'look great' no matter what. The action scenes will be intense.

If by a miracle, Michael Bay can shoot this film with the soul that it needs, I'll be ecstatic, but I fear that is hoping for the impossible.

Meanwhile, I just talked to producer Neal Moritz, who denies that any movement is taking place on this, my source is very solid though. Hmmmm, strange.

To the idiots in Talk Back roasting me. Did you ever think that I had MULTIPLE SOURCES confirming this story (I do) and that I have had a great deal of experience with Producers that A) Either didn't know the truth or B) Couldn't tell it? Meanwhile... You'll see.

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  • Nov. 16, 2001, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Will Martin Lawrence be in it, too?

    by jocutus

    Imagine . . . it's like "Bad Boys" meets "Armegedon" . . .100% crap

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Enough Already!

    by Mr.Klaw

    Why can't Hollywood leave well enough alone...I finally saw the Heston Omega Man a few months ago, and once I got past the 70's cars and costumes, it had me firmly rooted to the spot...after the ending, I sat on my sofa saying "wow," too stunned to reach the remote. Heston gives just the right edge to his performance as the military doctor slowly losing his grip among the virus-ridden near-zombies. What we don't need is a big spectacle of a film directed by Michael "Armageddon" Bay and Wild Wild Will Smith. Although both are capable of making good movies, and have talent, they just don't have what it takes to pull this one off...never thought I'd be agreeing with Harry! It's like Albert Brooks directing an a remake of the Towering Inferno...some avenues are meant to stay unexplored. Mr.PretendingKlaw

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 9:24 p.m. CST

    I AM BORED

    by Fred4sure

    Does anyone really want to see this movie get made? It would have been a gas in the 80s, but not today.

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 9:24 p.m. CST

    I liked both of those movies

    by ArchDiver

    they were fun popcorn flicks. And the chicks in them! Tea and Liv...mmm-mmm-goodness! I love chicks with three letter names!

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Smith, right. Bay, wrong!!!

    by Human Tornado

    Just hope they fix what was wrong with Protosevich's draft: the pseudo-rollercoaster third act, that turned an otherwise genius post-apocaliptic script into generic action, train - crashing - through - train - station - SPEED - kind - of - same - old - been - there - done - that - clich

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Sixth!!!

    by SushiX

    Since no one ever calls SIXTH!, I thought I'd do it.

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Errr...I meant Seventh!!!

    by SushiX

    Revision...

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 9:45 p.m. CST

    The Last Omega Man on Wild Wild West

    by McGooo

    I like Will Smith, but I am filled with the same sense of dread that I got when I heard he was going to be James West. I just hope this isn't a action/comedy and they preserve the horror/action element to it. At least with Bay directing they won't skimp on the budget. Damn, I wish Rob Boman had done this!

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 9:47 p.m. CST

    i am bailey

    by jeff bailey

    For those of you who have not read this book, I implore you to do so. It is as contemporary, moving, exciting, and well written as anything written since. No movie will ever actually do it justice...but that's not to say there isn't a good movie to be made out of it. Ridley Scott would have been great (minus Arnie who was rumored). And the Bowman/Russell version sounded cool too. Before I go any further I have to add that Omega Man while not a terribly faithful adaptation is a fun wonderful intelligent piece of sci fi also worth a look. But then I'm sucker for that wonderful trifecta of scifi Heston made during this period! Also, it will make you appreciate the genius of the Simpsons spoof "Homega Man". Never saw the Vincent Price version. I don't think Mr. Cell writer is the right choice but whatever...As for Bay, sure he could do it. He's gotta reign it in though. I think he wants to be taken seriously so he's gonna have to tone down the summer movie impulse. And Smith would be good too. But I gotta agree with Harry...DO NOT FUCK Up the romance thing. It's way delicate. Do it like the book or you will blow it. But to Bay, cuz I know he's gonna read this...that low budget production company is a fucking great idea. But make something great from REAL first time directors and writers. Don't make more of the same crap from some video director. Get in touch with your inner Coen bros fan. And if you do Legend...don't fuck up what's great about it. It could be a great action movie, sure...but the best ones are always character driven aren't they?

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 9:51 p.m. CST

    I swear to god Harry, I thought this was a joke headline

    by SethShandor

    Easily one of my favorite books, yet to be done properly on film, Narrowly avoided an Ah-Nuld disaster to now be hit with THIS?!?! Aaaaaiiii! I like Smith, but this is not a role for him, and I've HATED EVERYTHING Bay's done. Bay can't direct anything with a real soul Harry and you know it dammit. I was hoping with Potter and Rings, respect for the source material would be a new trend. How wrong I was. Fuck. What awful news...

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Now on to business

    by SushiX

    Michael Bay sucks. I mean, this is a guy who peaked with The Rock, and that was only cause Connery was awesome! I remember seeing Pearl Harbor on the first day and having this feeling of disapointment before I neven stepped into the theater. I remember going into the mens room to wash my hands and overhearing two guys discuss Pearl Harbor after just having seen it. One guy says to the other guy, "I feel bad for the veterans." I have to agree, because that summed up the film for me perfectly. The only good partabout that movie was seeing the bombing of Pearl Harbor itself, because it was shown in such a way that the havoc done that day was trueky devestating. And that hour of the movie didn't even require great directing skills, because it was mostly CGI and set up explosions. Will Smith is a good choice, but only when in the hands of a great director. He has serious acting chops (Six Degrees of Seperation) and like Harry said, he can totslly fit the part considering all the training he did for ALI. But to put the Will Smith in the hands of Micheal Bay kills any chance that the movie has of being cool. Just look at all the star power Armegeddon had, and that still sucked (the ending was so predictable), so Smith has no hope of saving the movie with Bay at the helm. Why the hell does Bay still have a job in Hollywood?!?! First talkbalker to answer that question for me with a clear and supporting arguement will get a cookie. I am SushiX.

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Cocaine and Michael Bay

    by Street Legal

    Overheard at Michael Bay&#39;s Coke dealer&#39;s house recently: MB: So Will baby <sniiiiiiifff> picture this <snif, snif>: you&#39;re trapped in this crazy <sniiiiiiifffff> <cough cough> house, and there&#39;s like this flying school bus that explodes!!! , and then you&#39;ll have to kill all the vampires <sniiiiiifff> and... JerryBruck...: Yeah, Will baby, it&#39;ll be BIG <snif snif>! MB: BIG I tell ya! Jerry, RAZORS! GET US SOME GODDAMN NEW RAZORS... hehe hoho <snifff> sorry bout that Will! So, whataya <sniiiiiiiiiiiiif> uh... uh... ARGH!!!! (sound effect: beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep) WS: Uh, Jerry? Mike don&#39;t look too good... JERRY! My god, man...

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 10:12 p.m. CST

    harry really doesnt know how to confirm his stories.

    by BEARison Ford

    if the producer of this flick denies any movement (which is common), then why the fuck does the headline say "Michael Bay to direct Will Smith in I AM LEGEND...". that makes it seem like a done fucking deal, which apparently it&#39;s not. take a fucking journalism class for god&#39;s sakes.

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Oh God! I&#39;d rather watch the Vincent Price version

    by Mr. Impossible

    Though it was rather slow, it actually followed the book alot closer(--until the last ten minutes--)than the Heston version, though Mr. NRA seemed more in keeping with the character. Will Smith--disaster. Fuck, Hollywood is full of idiots.

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 10:49 p.m. CST

    FUCK!!!!

    by Theta

    Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, FUCK!!! Michael Bay, a man who can&#39;t even direct an effective action sequence, let alone anything worth watching (his shit list includes "Armageddon", "Bad Boys" and the pretty funny but otherwise worthless "The Rock"), has this project. Already we have to write this off as a piece of shit. Great!

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 10:56 p.m. CST

    In the wake of...

    by saintaugust

    I&#39;m not sure if this idea is entirely a good one. Perhaps some of you fanboys could mail a copy of "Omega Man" to Bay. I know you have his address. BTW one of the greatest scenes of all time is Heston struggling for the vaccine in the wake of his unfortunate helicopter crash. It should be recquired viewing for anyone with acting aspirations. Could Smith pull this scene off? He was good in "6 Degrees" but that was child&#39;s play.

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Good For Them Both

    by DyslexicHeart

    I am not a fan of Will Smith, but I am looking foward to "Ali". I am not a fan of Michael Bay, but I am looking foward to "Armageddon 2: Being Steve Buscemi". These two doinks deserve each other. I hope the film makes lots of money like The Mummy Returns and they win several MTV Movie Awards. Maybe they can team up with each other and make "The Chronicles of Narnia" next.

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 11:03 p.m. CST

    ARNIE DAMNIT!!!

    by bumetalman

    this is an Arnie movie, and would be better with Ridley scott or Guillermo Del Toro, in my humble opinion

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 11:04 p.m. CST

    i should probably read the whole article before posting, inever

    by bumetalman

    that del toro was attached to this, fuck , get him damnit, and arnie like i said!

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 11:15 p.m. CST

    That&#39;s your Double Whammy

    by Johnny Dagger

    Wow, Michael Bay and Will Smith, together. All we need now is for Akiva Goldsman to write this and I will officially committ suicide. Way to ruin yet another promising project, Hollywood!

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Simon West to remake "The Shining" with DMX, lil&#39; bow wow

    by Wino-Forever

    The proposed Arnie/Scott adaptation was one of my favorite movies never made (along with Cronenberg&#39;s Basic Instinct 2). Let&#39;s pray this meets a similar fate.

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 11:37 p.m. CST

    now i&#39;m not so sure

    by GoonLord

    When I first found and read this script a few years back, I fell in love with what Protosevich had written. It would&#39;ve been such a cool damn movie. And I think it still could become a classic flick. But I just dont know about Smith and Bay...that just doesnt seem right. Its such a great story! Damn I&#39;ll be pissed if it doesnt come off right...but I&#39;ll also be pissed if they NEVER do it at the proper intensity level that they could do now.

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 11:39 p.m. CST

    COULD THEY HAVE PICKED TWO WORSE PEOPLE?

    by MaxCalifornia.

    This is absolutely disgusting news. I&#39;m trying hard, but I just can&#39;t come up with a worse combination of director and actor to sign on to this project. Hmm maybe Roger Christian and Ray Romano, but it would still be a close call.

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Can Will Smith play a hermit?

    by Alec Cawthorne

    I read this novel right after I heard Arnold S. was NOT doing it. I didn&#39;t want to read the novel, knowing Arnold was going to be in the movie, and then be completely disappointed by the state of Hollywood cinema, yet again. What happened to Kurt Russell being the Omega Man? I made him act better in my head than he ever would onscreen. The same is probably true for Smith. ---I like Will Smith. I like that he did ALI. He is developing into a decent actor, if I have any aesthetic opinion. But if this film is just going to be another MichaelBaycrapfest of Tourette&#39;s editors and overbudgeted pyrotechnics personnel, I don&#39;t wanna see it. Why would Will Smith want to take a step down to the road to developing an action persona (see: &#39;Nic Cage syndrome&#39;), when he could try to do some more &#39;serious&#39; films? I AM LEGEND could be a &#39;serious&#39; film, if they leave in all the blood science stuff and make this more of a psychological thriller than an action movie. But does Michael Bay even know that there are other movies besides action movies? He should have done Phone Booth, so he could fuck up something less revered than a really good book. I don&#39;t mean to judge the man, but he had all that money to make a simple WWII genre picture and he majorly screwed it up. It&#39;s a love triangle amidst the backdrop of one of the country&#39;s most horrible moments. How did it go wrong? Two words: Bad Boys. Does Will Smith really want to go back to that? ---Just because you can and WILL make millions of dollars a picture, doesn&#39;t mean you can&#39;t take risks with your choices. Attention Will Smith: I still say Six Degrees of Seperation was your best performance. If you think you can do better than that - show us. You have the power to take risks that studio bumblers wouldn&#39;t dream of....

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Will Smith??? *HACK* *HACK*

    by Otter

    As Nelville? *HACK* HACK*..... sorry folks, I have something in my throat...*HACK* HACK*...

  • Nov. 16, 2001, 11:48 p.m. CST

    OH GOOD LORD.

    by Sith Lord Jesus

    Will Smith, for all you playa hatas out there, can ACT. Sure, I&#39;d love to have seen Arnie in this role--even now at 50 he&#39;d still be able to pull it off--but Will Smith can do it just fine. Maybe not quite as well, but my man WON&#39;T stink up the screen. But--Michael Bay?! MICHAEL FUCKING BAY?!?!?! Unless he has matured enormously as a director since his last "film" I smell imminant disaster. I hope I&#39;m wrong. By all that is Cthulhu I hope he proves my ass wrong, because the script I read--I think it&#39;s the Cameron treatment-is one of the best ever. May it not be ruined.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Racist?

    by spiderblood1969

    Remember if you don&#39;t support Will Smith in this you are a racist.Also if you don&#39;t support Michael Bay in this you are a racist.So I guess it all evens out.I love happy endings.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Yeah, These Guys Don&#39;t Have What It Takes For A Zombie Movie

    by Buzz Maverik

    Something like this piece requires a nuanced actor, someone along the lines of a John Malkovitch or perhaps Anthony Hopkins. And for the proper feel, only Martin Scorcese could do justice to this tale of one man&#39;s struggle against killer mutants.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Will Smith and the fucking vampire/zombies are gonna GET JIGGA W

    by Leonard Shelby

    nah nah nah nah nah nah, excuse me Willenium

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 1:21 a.m. CST

    I misread this at first cause I&#39;m stoned as hell...

    by Leonard Shelby

    but i thought it was micheal mann at first. then i reread it and saw it was micheal bay and it totally killed my high. now i gotta smoke another bowl

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 1:34 a.m. CST

    I have to disagree, Buzz.

    by Sith Lord Jesus

    I can see your point, but all I&#39;m saying is that just because the premise is fantasy doesn&#39;t mean the people behind it shouldn&#39;t go for the gold. Why the heck *not* get Martin Scorsese, or Michael Mann? But Michael Bay. . .It just shows that the producers in back of this thing have exactly the same attitude you&#39;re showing: "it&#39;s only a vampire film, therefore we don&#39;t have to try." If you make a movie with that kind of thinking you can almost guarantee it&#39;ll be crap. And it doesn&#39;t have to be.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Fuck Michael Bay

    by Flim

    Fuck. Michael. Bay. PS. Fuck Michael Bay.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 2:39 a.m. CST

    IT&#39;S "NEVILLE"..."ROBERT NEVILLE!"

    by Uncapie

    Get it right, Gumby!

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 2:45 a.m. CST

    The unfilmable book

    by hktelemacher

    When I read I Am Legend, I was impressed with how well it flowed and built, how with each chapter certain layers would be peeled off and others piled on, and how a story that is basically uneventful could be presented so well. In comparison with a Michael Bay film, the plot of I Am Legend isn&#39;t exciting, it barely even moves. Granted, if you have a taste for the material it&#39;s a great read, a real character study about a man having to fortify everything in his life but for no real reason he can think of. It was a rip at the false ease of the 50s, and today it would just get the man vs. vampires treatment. The Last Man on Earth was a pretty loyal adaptation until they tweaked the end a bit, but even though I love him more than almost any other actor, Vincent Price was not a good Neville. He had an elegance that was beautiful in some roles, but as the Neville character he came off as dainty. The low production value on that flick took away from any atmosphere it tried to achieve, and a modern day remake with slick shit direction by Michael Bay would turn the piece into a Blade-esque film. The book pitted logic and reason against instinct and nature, and then blurred those lines - Michael Bay isn&#39;t capable of being that subtle, nor is Will Smith. The fans of the book are never happy with an adaptation, and they will never get anything satisfying. Vampire movies as a whole have become cliched and repetitive, and in the end, the only thing worthwhile about the book itself was the end revelation that Neville was the monster to them. It all built to that, to the title. I might be missing the point, but I don&#39;t think any film playing to a contemporary audience can do justice to the predominantly one man performance that the movie would have to completely rely on if made faithfully to the source. Best to just leave it alone, I think, or give it to a director and an actor willing to take chances and elevate the material in a different way. A version helmed by Spike Jonze would breathe with the cinematic eccentricity needed to pull off such a different kind of narrative. A version by Terry Gilliam could be visually arresting, nailing the atmosphere and the dark humor in the suburban decay. The adaptation that would most excite me would be one that took the material and really ran with it - getting into Neville&#39;s head and watching him really change over the years to become this end result. It&#39;s just something better left untouched, because even if the film doesn&#39;t please the hardcore fans of the book, chances are it&#39;s stuff that won&#39;t please anybody no matter how it&#39;s done.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 3:44 a.m. CST

    C&#39;mon, Kurt Russell is Neville.

    by Cash Bailey

    Whoever it ends up being, thank Christ it ain&#39;t Arnie. What was Ridley Scott thinking. Oh, well, it was around the time of G.I. JANE, so his head obviously wasn&#39;t working properly.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 4 a.m. CST

    Actually Freddie Prinze Jr. is starring as Omega Man

    by Regis Travolta

    Matthew Lillard will be playing the zombie bad guy, Sarah Michelle Gellar plays the last hot chick on earth, Scooby Doo cameos as Neville&#39;s CGI sidekick and it&#39;s being directed by Penny Marshall so I can&#39;t wait! Bring it on you Hollywood players! I demand to see my version of Omega Man! I AM REGIS!

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 4:47 a.m. CST

    Who is Michael Bay&#39;s (real) dad??????

    by Regicidal_Maniac

    I heard him interviewed once where he talks about not being able to mention the name of his real father.... Who is he???? Guesses? Harry Lime: Using the internet as it was originally intended to be used - for the further research of pornography and pipebombs.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 6:37 a.m. CST

    you lost my money

    by cifra2

    I won&#39;t pay for a ticket or renting this movie. I will never pay - never did - for a Michael Bay movie. He makes Simon West look like Orson Wells.

  • About "I Am Legend," that is? I finally read it this year, and when I was finished, my reaction was "and?" It moved well, had a good idea, but...I just don&#39;t understand the fuss. It was a good shorter work, but I guess there&#39;s a reason it wasn&#39;t longer, now isn&#39;t there? I&#39;m not knocking it, it just didn&#39;t rock my world...I wanna know why it (apparently) rocked so many others. Then again, I don&#39;t give a hoot about LOTR, so I&#39;m probably in the wrong place. See ya.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 8:15 a.m. CST

    How about Guillermo Del Toro directing Lance Henriksen as Nevill

    by Roguewriter

    OK, Lance is getting long in the tooth, but Heston was a good deal older than his love interest in THE OMEGA MAN, and Lance is surely the coolest character actor working in the horror/suspense genre. And Guillermo Del Toro would make this film terrifying. Bay will make it an action bonanza... full of Smith-isms that crowds will probably take great delight in... but the end result, while a satifying experience, will lack the darker pleasures of Matheson&#39;s novel. Ah well... We takes what we can get. Are they still using the Protosevich script?

  • Once we had Scott, now we have....

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Michael Bay is 100% not happening!!!!!

    by Uncle Jesus

    I can&#39;t believe this guy is still making movies!! Who the hell is going to see his crap?!?! Suicide is the only way out Michael!!!

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 10:12 a.m. CST

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Smilin'Jack Ruby

    Fuckin&#39; A, bitches. What the fucking fuck. Fuckity fuck fuck fuckity fuck. This is so fucking stupid. Jesus fucking Christ. I thought this was a joke post - something out of the "Onion" - "Michael Bay to direct Will Smith in I Am Legend" - what has this world come to. This movie is guaranteed to suck arse. Who cares about anything? There&#39;s no rationalizing this. It&#39;s stupid, it&#39;s ridiculous, it&#39;s "Wild, Wild, West," but with a highly respected and amazing book - that is going to be shit on. What next? "Stranger In a Strange Land" directed by McG starring a CGI Valentine?

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 10:22 a.m. CST

    HARRY PLEASE TELL ME YOU WERE SAVING THIS STORY FOR APRIL FOOLS

    by fried samurai

    i have a bad feeling about this

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Bay Laden

    by VincentSpain

    watch the Vincent Price version.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 10:28 a.m. CST

    DEVIL

    by VincentSpain

    or El Espinazo del Diablo is so good. Federico Lupi is God.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 10:48 a.m. CST

    god help us!!!!!!!!!!!

    by ms. x

    i really hope this is a rumor that will NEVER see the light of day. first of all i like will smith but he&#39;s a stereotypical actor. maybe that&#39;ll change with &#39;ali&#39; but from its hard to tell from the trailer. in my opinion he is too young for this role. i always envisioned someone on the ranks with kurt russel or if they just have TO HAVE a flavor-of-the-month actor they could get away with george clooney. (although i dont know what i would think of that either) second of all, the book is so amazing because of its simplicity and subtelty....and now we hear that michael bay&#39;s going to direct? come on, he is going to butcher this film. it is not to be treated in a showy, effect-driven way. michael bay doesnt know what the word subtle means! this is going to be a disaster!! i will not go see one of my favorite books treated in this way. it shouldnt be overblown because mr. bay has a small d*ck. i&#39;ve said my peace.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 11:27 a.m. CST

    If that movies is made with them, it will be more like I AM NOT

    by IAmLegolas

    Ha.... but seriously, this movie should be made by either Sam Raimi or George Romero.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 12:31 p.m. CST

    I have tried...

    by andreasingo

    ...to be reasonable on this forum. I have tried to maintain a civil attitude to all the bad news on this site. I always try to think hollywood doesn&#39;t want to make bad movies. But this, this is unbeleavable. Michael Bay is 100% NOT a suitable director for this project. FUCK YOU HOLLYWOOD!

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay says to fanboys: FUCK YOU COCKSOCKERS!

    by looking-for-love

    This is Michael Bay&#39;s way to say FUCK YOU to all you loosers and fanboys flipping burgers at McD&#39;s or working at your local comic book shop._____________This is only a movie and you guys are treating as the events that occured on 9-11.__________What you assholes need to do is get a life and realize that cinema and Hollywood are just entertainment. That&#39;s it! It doesn&#39;t change your life (if it does, that means much ain&#39;t happening in your lives as it is). Go watch Truffat & Kubrick and leave us well-balanced individuals alone.____________

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 12:44 p.m. CST

    "I Am Retching" will smith giving us a little something, somethi

    by Fandude

    What&#39;s next? Hamlet?, King Lear? How bout&#39; a retelling of the 10 Commandments with willy smith playing the parts of Moses and Pharoah. He could do the narration and maybe direct the friggin movie, and do it in black and white. What-in-the-world is going on? Let&#39;s just hope Ali bombs big time and maybe "I Am Retching" with willy smith will disappear...who&#39;s with me?

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Lance Henriksen, great idea!

    by MaxCalifornia.

    I like Roguewriter&#39;s suggestion of Lance Henriksen as Neville. His face has that haunted look that the last man on Earth would have, but realistically, he doesn&#39;t put asses on seats so it&#39;s unlikely. But someone bigger like Ed Harris or Tommy Lee Jones could also fit the bill. So which OTT English actor will be playing the cenobite leader?! Assuming Gary Oldman passes, I nominate Rufus Sewell.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 2:51 p.m. CST

    What did Richard Matheson ever do to deserve this?

    by Ogami Itto

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 3:47 p.m. CST

    This is bad...

    by Psyclops

    I can&#39;t believe that this concept is even being considered. I AM LEGEND starring Will Smith and directed by Michael Bay?!? Don&#39;t get me wrong, I like Will Smith... I think he&#39;s a very capable actor with a lot of talent. He&#39;s just not right for this kind of movie. I also hate Michael Bay, a director who is famous for flashy editing and no soul. How can anyone consider giving this project up to these two? We must revolt!!!

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Where are the moderators on this board?

    by Darth Pixel

    The way they handle this site is ridiculous. I am an a 1024 x 768 monitor, and I have to scroll over to see the damn posts. What they need is a real geek, someone who knows a thing or two about web pages.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Bay and Frankenheimer

    by Jack the Lad

    I&#39;m intrigued by the rumor, but it occurred to me that if Frankenheimer had really spawned By, Mikey would be a much better director. I think Will Smith definitely has the talent to do the role, it&#39;s a question of whether he&#39;s willing to change his image that much. But Bay as director is definitely bad news. As long as we&#39;re talking about Frankenheimer, he would do a great job with this if he could bring the same atmosphere he did with "Seconds" - but that was quite a while ago.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Bay and Frankenheimer

    by Jack the Lad

    I&#39;m intrigued by the rumor, but it occurred to me that if Frankenheimer had really spawned By, Mikey would be a much better director. I think Will Smith definitely has the talent to do the role, it&#39;s a question of whether he&#39;s willing to change his image that much. But Bay as director is definitely bad news. As long as we&#39;re talking about Frankenheimer, he would do a great job with this if he could bring the same atmosphere he did with "Seconds" - but that was quite a while ago.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 5:54 p.m. CST

    sorry

    by Jack the Lad

    for the double posting, I suck. a ps - this makes Ratner directing Red Dragon look like a relatively wise decision.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Actually Frankenheimer should direct this with Eastwood starrin

    by Regis Travolta

    A much better combo don&#39;t you think?

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 7:59 p.m. CST

    to the "idiot" running this website.

    by BEARison Ford

    all i&#39;m asking is that you stop posting these bullshit headlines like everythings a done deal. if this shit was 100% confirmed we&#39;d be hearing about it in the trades, so until then why not just stick to "Will Michael Bay direct Will Smith in Legend?", it&#39;s not that hard. you&#39;d also be saving yourself a lot of shit. some of my reasoning for this attack is i&#39;m still miffed that you posted that bullshit Batman Year One script review which you supposedly "confirmed" with some of your "muiltiple sources" as well i&#39;ll bet. well that shit was proven 5 times over to be fake and instead of having too much "pride" to update the story with a simple retraction you do NOTHING. is the same thing going to happen with this if and when it doesnt pan out?

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Oh No! not Smith & Bay!

    by Norm3

    You can count me out, this picture is going to SUCK! Bring back Ridley!

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Rami

    by Fight-clubber

    A few words people Sam fuckin Rami. Is the man to direct this film. Small wooden huts and horror are two things the guys good at. Not sure on the main actor

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Harry: you need to check yo self before you wreck yo self

    by Alec Cawthorne

    I second BEARison Ford&#39;s comments. However, if one has spent any more than a passing glance at this site, one should realize that the majority, IF NOT ALL, of the &#39;news&#39; on this site has always been completely unsubstantiated gossip. Even if there is a credible source alluded to, the source is often withheld, either out of laziness or the classic &#39;protection of the source&#39; defense. ----NOTE TO HARRY: Journalists usually at least site some sort of inkling of where the source comes from (within the studio, an agent, another actor, a waiter in Beverly Hills, etc.) If Harry can&#39;t even do that, I suggest that sources submitting to this site take it upon themselves to insist that they be listed by an unchanging alias. That way, readers themselves can keep track of what might be able to be perceived as credible....

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Next up, Dean Devlin to direct Freddy Prince Jr. in Catch 22!

    by Smeg For Brains

    Yes! Shitty movies, starring shitty people, made by the worst movie makers in hollywood, based on great books!

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Harry has a wife and cheets on his beer

    by eskimospy

    This is the fuckiest fucked up fucking movie news I&#39;ve heard since some producer gushed, "It&#39;s Mariah Carey as you&#39;ve never seen her before: acting!" Damn you, Michael Bay. Everything you touch turns into a shitty Levi&#39;s commercial. Damn you, Will Smith. You&#39;re a decent actor when you&#39;re not hip hopping your way through your flicks and "uhn-uhn ha-ha-ha"ing your way through your tunes. Obviously, no one in Hollywood has enough respect for you to tell you not to do this. And damn you, Harry, for being the damn messenger of such shitty news. And Protosevich&#39;s draft sucked donkey scroat. Saying his first draft is the best draft floating around is like saying gonorrhea is the best venereal disease you can get (when everyone knows it&#39;s crabs). I don&#39;t ask for much--just for Hollywood to quit shitting on this classic horror novel. Damn. Someone get me a beer. I want to cheet on some lame motherfuckers.

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Didn&#39;t Michael Bay direct THIRT13N GHOSTS?

    by UnChienAndalou

    I think there may have been a clandestine dispute between Mr. Bay and WB over the final cut of that piece of shit, forcing him to use an Alan Smithee-esque alias for the director billing. I can imagine Bay&#39;s pitch to the suit&#39;s: "My most imperative goal for the construction of a great Halloween 2001 horror film is to innundate the viewer with a deluge of brain-splitting images and strobe light effects that will engender fear for people who have never seen a horror film before." We&#39;re all in agreement that Michael Bay makes worthless, empty films. The cinematic world would be a much better place without Armageddon and Pearl Harbor. The sad truth is, however, that the majority of everyone will bitch and moan no matter WHO directs or stars in I Am Legend. It&#39;s a lose-lose situation, no question about it. The essence of the book would be nearly impossible to capture in a studio-dictated, focus group driven environment where happy meals and sequels are stressed above everything else. A way will be found to fuck this thing up regardless of who is behind the camera, the fact that it&#39;s Mr. Bay certainly doesn&#39;t make matters better. Now, let the Bay-bashing continue!!!

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 11:44 p.m. CST

    I hope this turns out to be false for one reason-

    by Ragged Robin

    So we can come back and laugh at Harry&#39;s smug, arrogant fat ass. You Amish beard male virgin, you. who wants to bet I&#39;ll be banned?

  • Nov. 17, 2001, 11:55 p.m. CST

    one more thing...

    by saintaugust

    What would pretty cool, however, is a cool new title song from The Fresh Prince.

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 1:06 a.m. CST

    "whilst"??? "floating about"???

    by C'thulu

    Sheeyoot, Harry, have you gone Madonna on our asses? To quote Mr. Show, what&#39;s with the fakey British accent? You&#39;re from %$*#ing Texas fer crying out loud! Now talk like an Amurrican dag blastit! Nothin&#39; against our cousins across the big pond, I just cain&#39;t trust a guy who changes accents midstream. Anyway, I just wanted to say that nobody, not even Michael Bay could destroy a great predecesor- be it the novel, THE OMEGA MAN or THE LAST MAN ON EARTH. Long after Bay&#39;s IAL comes out, we&#39;ll still have the book and the other movies. He&#39;ll mess it up as much as Burton messed up the ORIGINAL Planet of the Apes. In other words... NOT A BLOODY BIT.

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Michael Jai WHite and Wesley Snipes are the best Black action he

    by Brooklyn Bred

    Will Smith is horrible! Every role he does is the same! He has no dimension. Peep him in Bagger Vance, utterly repulsive! Now Wesley mouthing, &#39;What the Fuck!&#39; before laying the smack down on Frost or Michael Jai who was the only good thing in Spawn are Black heroes. Will is just H-towns answer to why aren&#39;t there any Black action heroes? Well I&#39;ve seen Mr. Smith&#39;s movies and I still want to know where are the real Black action heroes. Oh by the way, this movie will suck more than he did the Devil&#39;s dick to get the breaks he&#39;s gotten in life.

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 4:29 a.m. CST

    It is to weep...

    by Eddie Poe

    I AM LEGEND, by Richard Matheson, just happens to be the pinnacle of fright fiction; I&#39;ve said so, in print, many times over the years. To find out that two of Hollywood&#39;s WORST are contemplating bringing it to the Big Screen is enough to boggle the mind. If either of these gentlemen has made a motion picture worth the price of admission, I&#39;ve missed it. (MEN IN BLACK was well DIRECTED, but that&#39;s about all...) While I would never presume to speak for Mr. Matheson, I know that I won&#39;t be there when this one comes crawling across the Big Screen to sear the nostrils and dull the mind...

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Ed Harris is another great suggestion...

    by Roguewriter

    ... and let Romero direct him. Anyone remember KNIGHTRIDERS? It&#39;s one of Harris&#39; first major roles, and he was already phenomenal. Mix two parts King Billy, two parts POLLOCK and add a dash of the affable adulterer from PLACES IN THE HEART, and I think you&#39;ve got the perfect Neville. Then cast Lance H. as the vampire leader. BTW, here&#39;s an even better idea -- don&#39;t make this at all. No film beats Bay film hands down. Go reread the original novel!!

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 8:47 a.m. CST

    first...

    by Ozquan

    ...ever post for me, not on this particular talkback subject. It feels good to enter the world of the talkback geek, I dont have to deny myself any longer. But wait, Im not a geek, just a lover of films who wants to have his say. DOn&#39;t judge me because I was cool in high school. It wasn&#39;t my fault. I&#39;m just like you guys in that my one passion is films. But not comic books, you guys cream over comic books way too much. Anyhoo, IM done. Itll be a pleasure posting with you soon

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Fanboys

    by andreasingo

    "What you assholes need to do is get a life and realize that cinema and Hollywood are just entertainment. That&#39;s it! It doesn&#39;t change your life (if it does, that means much ain&#39;t happening in your lives as it is)." This is not about the fans, this is about doing justice to the story and to the author of the book. If you wrote a story would you like to see it butchered by a hollywood studio? ********* Also, you are very ignorant and simplifies when you say that movies are just entertainment. Movies can educate us about ourselves and everything around us, even about things we can&#39;t see. Yes, movies can be a great form of escapism. When the world is dull and gray hopefully there will always be a good movie that will put us out of our misery for a couple of hours. But escapism is only a part of it and not every movie is intended as such, including "I am legend". ********** And you are totally wrong when you assume that everyone that don&#39;t like these horrible news are fanboys, there are many filmmakers that posts on this site, not to mention regular moviegoers.

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay had a chance to redeem himself as a &#39;serious&#39

    by Spacesheik

    Nuff said. I&#39;m tired of Michael Bay. Im tired of Will Smith. I&#39;m tired of Nicholas Cage. I&#39;m tired of Brett Rattner. Im tired of all the commercial, safe choices Hollywood seems to make nowadays.

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 4:06 p.m. CST

    THE DOG THAT NEVILLE FINDS HAS A BEER AND CHEETS ON HIS TESTICLE

    by Johnny Smith

    Dude, this blows. My snipers are standing by. Any minute now, Bay will be no more, and will be replaced by Chris Carter, who will cast Hugh Jackman or Lance Henriksen as Neville, Chris Walken as Ben Cortman, and find some way to work in cameos for Anthony Zerbe and Charlton Heston.

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 5:06 p.m. CST

    the right man

    by talbuckin

    this should be a Vincent Dawn movie. He knows how to do this kind of stuff. I agree is not as great as Bay, but Dawn is very capable. Whoever has seen Double Target (that masterpiece) will understand. Catch "Snake Sam" if yuo can, pure gold.

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Disney&#39;s NARNIA

    by darthensbrother

    Avec Moi is mistaken. Not only was (and is) Disney interested in the Narnia books, they now OWN the rights to all the Narnia books through Miramax, and production will likely begin on "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" in early 2003.

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay still has a job in Hollywood because....

    by lostvegabrother

    Despite the fact that his movie&#39;s suck, people keep turning up. Everyone knew "Pearl Harbour" would suck before it opened, and it still makes nearly $200 million in the States. How did that work? And stop with The Arnie crap! Arnie&#39;s last good movie was "True Lies" & the best prior to that was "T2". Why were these good? Cameron. Arnie like all his movie&#39;s sleptwalked through these. The only way Arnie will have a career again is to team up once more with Cameron. & whoever pulled the release on "Collaterial Damage" in September probably ended his best chance of a comeback. Like noone wanted to see Arnie kick some terrorist arse that month....

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 10:18 p.m. CST

    A couple of quick points

    by RogueScribner

    #1 Is Michael Bay a great director? No. I agree with Harry that his movies do look good (not surprising since Bay worked his way up from music videos), but you need more than a cool visual to make a good movie. Look at FINAL FANTASY--that was all flash and no substance. Wil Smith can be good, but then he can also be bad. There needs to be a solid director behind this film to make it work. Someone not only good with visuals but who is also a storyteller, like Cameron, Scott or Scorsese (I&#39;d really be interested in seeing a Scorsese version!).==============#2 If you want to keep that lame ass "has a beer and cheats on his wife" joke alive, fine, but at least have the decency to spell CHEAT correctly. CHEET is not a word. It&#39;s out right annoying. L8r.

  • Nov. 18, 2001, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Great, I can`t wait to hear the lame "rap" song Smith tacks onto

    by Elgyn6655321

    I don`t know which is more annoying, Will Smith`s pathetic attempts at rapping, or his pathetic attempts at acting.

  • Nov. 19, 2001, 6:50 a.m. CST

    NOOoo !....

    by slz

    Sad, oh so sad... I really don&#39;t feel like talking right now. I had a dream of something. A dream that turned into my worst nightmare. WHYYYYYYYYYYY O&#39;WHYYAHhhbuuuuuu.

  • Nov. 19, 2001, 7:04 a.m. CST

    ufhguhriopgya87ewtgwblablabla.....

    by slz

    "looking for love" FUCK YOU !!!!!!show some fuck&#39;n respect .... Do you even know what it feels like to be REALLY passionate about something ? It&#39;s WONDERFUL !!! So keep yor negative shit to yourself. I don&#39;t have to look for love. I FEEL LOVE...

  • Nov. 19, 2001, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Middle Finger to Michael Bay

    by FD Resurrected

    That&#39;s exactly what I would do if I bump into him in the public. In fact, I would give him a middle finger so close in front of his face he&#39;ll have to examine the context and meaning of the middle finger. Middle finger is a gesture that says "FUCK YOU". As a matter of fact, Greek actors and the Roman soldiers used this gesture to convey meanings (the latter supposedly indicates victory - it&#39;s like Northern Alliance warriors giving the middle finger to defeated Taliban soldiers). How Michael Bay continue to make movies is beyond me. You can thank Jerry Bruckheimer and dumb Survivor/MTV/trendy garbage audiences&#39; overwhelmingly positive response to his crack-cocaine-heroin-meth-lsd-date rape style in music, editing and direction. I seriously doubt Michael Bay would fuck with indisputably great literacy sources based on this terrible news, but if he does, then I have lost faith in the present state of filmmaking as art and humanity. I made the blood oath never to watch Michael Bay films after Armageddon. Michael Bay is the Anti-Christ of Hollywood.

  • Nov. 19, 2001, 3:47 p.m. CST

    In the scheme of things, it&#39;s not that deep...

    by coytuck

    ... but still, I&#39;d like to see Vin Diesel in the lead. Not that I don&#39;t like Will Smith. I just think Diesel is better at kicking ass and brooding.

  • Nov. 19, 2001, 3:56 p.m. CST

    FD Resurrected

    by looking-for-love

    FD Resurrected_________As if Bay would loose sleep over your disapproval of him. Keep flipping burgers and/or reading comic books in your mama&#39;s basement.____________Michael Bay is the anti-art house Satan of Cinema. And that&#39;s why a lot of people (some haven&#39;t come out of the closet) *like* him. We don&#39;t want another Kubrick, Coppola, Truffat, or Kurusawa (sp?) (not that I don&#39;t like them). he has his own over-the-top style, franatic editing, and hyper camera, and excessiveness. that&#39;s why a lot of people like him. Fuck diallouge, I want visuals!!!!!!

  • Nov. 19, 2001, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Ben Affleck saves Armageddon...

    by coytuck

    At least on the Criterion DVD. You should listen to his commentary. It&#39;s hillarious! He makes fun of everything, the movie, Michael Bay, Bruce Willis, and he does a badass "Sling Blade"-Billy Bob impersination. I never thought much about Armageddon one way or the other, until I heard that Criterion commentary. Even Michael Bay is funny, though I don&#39;t know if that&#39;s intentional. I must admit, if you listen to the commentary then watch the movie, it&#39;s impossible to take it seriously, and then you can truly appreciate what it is... good ole fashion FUN!

  • Nov. 19, 2001, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Trust Harry

    by Andy_Christ

    When he is bitching about something, he&#39;s usually right. When he&#39;s raving about something, ignore it unless Moriarty is also raving.

  • Nov. 19, 2001, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Question...

    by coytuck

    Why do people think Arnold can act, but Will Smith can&#39;t? Nick Kazan said he refused to go along with Arnold as the lead in Fallen because sounded, looked, or even resembled a city cop. Don&#39;t get me wrong. I like Arnold, and I loved the Terminator films, but come on. What machines send a cyborg to the past with a bad english accent then turn around and send another cyborg (David Patrick) who speaks perfect english? Arnold&#39;s the only man in American films who pronounces his "Ws" as "Vs" and everyone loves him for it. Talk about suspension of disbelief.

  • Nov. 19, 2001, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Oops...

    by coytuck

    I meant "he (Arnold) didn&#39;t sound, look, or resemble a city cop." Talk about poor English. Uhnnn, Hulk embarrassed. Hulk run now!

  • Nov. 20, 2001, 12:32 p.m. CST

    NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

    by Halloween68

    Michael Bay has all the directing talent of a can of turnip greens. BRING BACK RIDLEY SCOTT!

  • Nov. 20, 2001, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Hmmmm...

    by Halloween68

    Lance Henriksen and Ed Harris. Bravo. Good suggestions. The character should definately have a weathered look to him. As for director&#39;s, I still say Ridley Scott is the best choice. The man did Blade Runner and Alien. Two of the best genre movies ever. But I also think Polanski could do a good job with this. The Ninth Gate was kind of toilet water, but I blame that on the script. The style behind that movie was intense. Polanski has that Friedkin eeriness down pat. I don&#39;t think Raimi would be a good choice though. He&#39;s the master with small movie productions. His movies are all about control. The only big production he ever did effectively was Armies of Darkness which kicked major ass, but it worked in the over-the-top cheeziness that Raimi helped invent. We&#39;ll have to wait and see Spiderman to find out if Sam can handle a blockbuster wrapped in Hollywood. But hey, here&#39;s an interesting thought: Bruce Campbell as Neville. Ha, ha, he, he, he. That type of adaptation would only work though if John Carpenter or David Lynch were at the helm. Completely over-the-top mind you. Although I think Lynch would take it too seriously and screw it up. Oooh, what about Carpenter and Russell? Sort of like a revisit to Escape to New York. Snake Plisken returns. Escape from LA was just a really terrible figment of everyone&#39;s imagination. I guess too that John Carpenter has had his head up his own ass now for the past 10 to 15 years; he wouldn&#39;t be capable of tackling this project. I say Scott and Harris. Hmmm, I wonder if Rudger Hauer would be too fat? Has anyone seen Rudger lately?

  • all i have to say is thank god Michael Bay isn&#39;t directing "Ali."

  • Jan. 15, 2002, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay is GOD

    by Zero36

    Michael Bay is definatly the BEST Director in Hollywood right now. And don&#39;t forget where he came from. Commercials. And if you have seen Gladiator you will find those &#39;blink-em and you miss-em&#39; shots there, too.

  • March 18, 2002, 7:29 p.m. CST

    I figured it out ...

    by devoted2jc

    I think Michael Bay just keeps directing movies is so he can take playmates to the premeires. The guy is like a little kid. The only thing bigger than his ego are his 200 lb. dogs ... well, okay I guess his ego is still bigger. The guy has his producers and D.P. threatening to walk off the movie almost daily. I admit his movies look outstanding, and I think the guy is visually gifted, but who the hell wants to work for someone who&#39;s goal in life is to become James Cameron?