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Strange II AM LEGEND Rumblings...

Published at: Nov. 24, 2008, 9:07 a.m. CST by merrick

Merrick here...
It's important to be clear that the following information comes to us with a bit of backstory/context. But...as far as I know...we've never actually tested this source before. So, take this into consideration (i.e. consume with a grain of salt) when mulling the following: Westwood9 sent in some information regarding purported developments on the new I AM LEGEND "prequel" project (HERE).
Let's start at the beginning. Smith is actually the one who developed the initial story. It took place several years before the original film and there were still pockets of survivors and the story centered around Smith interacting, bonding, and ultimately failing to save them. For months this was the story. Warner's didn't much care for it and Smith and Weiss eventually came on board and all parties agreed to change things up. Well this change is pretty insane, the film is no longer a prequel, it's a fucking sequel!
...said Westwood9 in his/her message. The "Weiss" Westwood9 refers to = D. B. Weiss, the film's current writer (as far as we know). Yeah, so, Will blowing himself up in the first film might make his appearing in a sequel (if that's what this really is now) somewhat tricky. And, why would Smith even bother to develop such a project if this is the case? Strangely, had The Powers That Be gone with the ending they originally shot, a Smith-driven sequel would at least make sense/be easier to wrangle conceptually. Is this bunk? Studio madness? If accurate, will all the anti-plague toxins Neville was working on somehow allow Smith to return as a sentient-but-crispy talking head? More to come as more comes in...

BTW: II AM LEGEND is not an official title, or anything. Talkbacker Mullah Omar previously dubbed the notion of a prequel "II AM LEGEND" (IN THIS TALKBACK), and I subsequently adopted the title when referring to this project.



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  • Nov. 24, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST

    by Jason B. Swaim

    Please.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Cannot believe they are making this

    by mrfan

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST

    AWWW HELL NAWWW!!!

    by KnightShift

    We so do not need this.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Cast Obama!

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    He can be Will Smiths father who is looking for his son and stumbles upon his son's research and.... aw hell, I dunno. But if it features Obama then everything will great right!

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Maybe it's a reboot

    by mrfan

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Not gonna be good

    by Maxer

    Best part of I am Legend was the Castaway scenes. There's no way to make this plausible without Jaws like reincarnation.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Actually it was ECUPirate71 who first coined II Am Legend

    by JackBauer24

    Get your facts right, Merrick.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Corporate Hollywood at its Worst!

    by Redfive!

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    'Tittle' huh?

    by TheNorthlander

    =)

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Nothing is sacred

    by MontyPigeon

    Having already murdered the book with the first film, they are going back and raping that corpse for all it's worth?

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST

    No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by GreatOne3

    Those assholes already pissed all over the book the first time, why go back to do a No. 2?<p>And for those of you who don't think Smith could have miraculously survived the first film, then please. Maybe they'll use that development to further bastardized why he's a "legend." Idiots - including Smith, who should know better.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Well, just because it's a sequel...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...it doesn't mean that there can't be any flashbacks with Will Smith's character. (Or his evil twin brother)

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST

    according to will smith and frances Lawrence...

    by emeraldboy

    They wanted to Make I am lenged. But Danny boyle got thier first. They were peeved.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST

    So Will this be called...

    by emeraldboy

    I am legend. twenty eight days and weeks and months later.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST

    A PREQUEL I CAN UNDERSTAND

    by BurgerTime

    A story following the first days, weeks and months after the release of the plague would be interesting. But a sequel!?! What would it be about? That chick and her son dragging his crispified corpse around? <p> C'mon Hollywood! Get it together baby.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:14 a.m. CST

    emeraldboy

    by TheNorthlander

    No, it'll be I Am Legend Again, or I Am Another Legend, or if Smith is playing his lost twin brother: I Am Legend Too.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    What??

    by alpine

    The first movie sucked. How could they possibly think of doing another? Who would want to see it??

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Aren't they making a sequel to CRANK?

    by Mosquito March

    With Statham returning to play the lead? That movie was no more ridiculous than I AM LEGEND turned out to be. I guess movie endings in which the main characters die are now passe. I can't wait for the uplifting sequel to SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, where we see Hanks's Capt. Miller back in the States after the War, trying to reintegrate with the help of a cast of rowdy high school students.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST

    He downloaded himself into a computer

    by I am_NOTREAL

    and transmitted just before blowing himself up. We'll see that in the flashback. By the way, I just want to state again for the record that "I Am Legend" was a piece of shit (both endings).

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST

    I Be Legend

    by Karl Childers

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:27 a.m. CST

    no problem! Just use Highlander rules.

    by Xian042

    They had no problems whatsoever changing the storyline to accomodate crappy sequels. This isnt new people, come on.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    no need for a sequel

    by StovetopStuffin'

    not every successful movie needs a sequel. Let it go, move on.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    emeraldboy - I'm confused

    by GreatOne3

    Were you trying to say that Smith and Lawrence wanted to make "28 Days Later" first? Otherwise, what does Boyle have to do with IAM?

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    It better has Werewolves or Ninjas.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Different talkback but my theory still fits.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    So...

    by PizzaJedi81

    Just to be clear, since I"m semi-new to this: It's "cool" to hate a movie, because it was popular, right? I mean, I can say that it sucked, without having to back it up, right? I don't have to justify it or anything? Oh, and I have to mock relentlessly those who liked it, right? Jeebus Jeffrey JONES, people...as an adaptation, yeah, it wasn't that good, but as a movie, of itself, it was pretty cool. I do agree, though, that a sequel would not be a good idea, considering...but a prequel? Yeah, I could watch that, especially if it follows the plot outlined in the article.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST

    DICK,PUSSY,SNOT AND SHIT

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Thankyou everybody. Goodnight!

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    You Know....

    by RCFOM

    After watching the ending again the head monster is banging on the glass until a piece falls out of it. Then WS grabs a grenade pulls then pin and runs at the monster who also runs at him it show them about to collide and then a big explosion. All they would have to do is show WS dropping the grenade through the hole and rolling off to the side and then what is left of the glass somehow protects him from the blast. Not the best but it could work and honestly if they are going to make another one I would rather see a sequel instead of a crap ass prequel that we already know how it ends.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Pointless

    by thot

    The movie said it all, with flashbacks even! Prequel schmequel, they need to leave it alone. I don't think I could take any more of the horrible CGI "monster" efx. That almost killed the film for me.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the spoiler warning! I hadn't gotten to see the 1st o

    by Sith Witch

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    PizzaJedi81!

    by DerLanghaarige

    Yes, that's pretty much how it works here. Of course you can try to find a good explaination for your hate, but we accept: "It's the worst film ever because it sucked" if there is nothing else available. :)

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Bag of shite

    by kwisatzhaderach

    That is all.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Yeah...um

    by kafka07

    see now this would be somewhat ok if they had gone with the original ending. But, fuck this.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Actuallly most people liked I am Legend

    by u.k. star

    I know reading a site like this makes you think is was some. awful and disaterous flop, but more people who saw the movie liked it than didn't, so i can clearly see why there would want to be a sequel / prequel. It also had a pretty decent response from established critics, especially for a movie of it's type. <p> Oh and yes it would have been better if they'd found something other than cgi for the "monsters". etc, Just pointing out that it's regarded by many as a pretty decent flm, as well as a pretty entertaining one. <p> If they really want to make a sequel to a film that the main protagonist dies in hurry up and make us a seqwel to LEON! That of course does NOT mean it's a good idea, especially if thy go withsequel and try to keep Smith alive to guarantee the box office. <p> I'm taking this with a huge barrel full of salt.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    I am Legender

    by redfist

    I liked the first one, here is a silly idea...move on and develope something new?

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Sith

    by MetiphisLabs

    If you haven't seen it BY NOW then you don't get to be butt-hurt by spoilers. We are far past the expiration date.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    WELCOME TO URFF

    by dr sauch

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Seeing a trailer for a Will Smith movie

    by Samuel Fulmer

    illicits the same reaction of seeing a trailer for a Tom Cruise movie, vomiting, lots and lots of vomiting.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Samuel Fulmer

    by u.k. star

    Serious Question here. Why?

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Weekend at Roberts

    by Droid

    Combine this sequel with Weekend at Bernies remake, AvP-style and we got ourselves a done deal. Kudos to BurgerTime for solving this dilemma.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    RCFOM - I agree with that scenario

    by GreatOne3

    Other than the fact that it appeared that Smith's character had grown despondent over how he had experimented on all those people (for which he had no basis, though) and wanted to kill himself, I don't know why he didn't shove the grenade through the hole and duck. But the movie was a complete disaster, so what's one more huge plot hole.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Just SH*T in...

    by Dead_Geek

    ..my mouth again Mr.Smith. Just make "Handcock 2" you whore!

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    I want to see them make a sequel to this...

    by Droid

    THEN tie all those responsible to beds and let Annie Wilkes do her thing.<p>"And there was Rocketman, trying to get out, and here comes the cliff, and just before the car went off the cliff, he jumped free! And all the kids cheered! But I didn't cheer. I stood right up and started shouting. This isn't what happened last week! Have you all got amnesia? They just cheated us! This isn't fair! HE DIDN'T GET OUT OF THE COCK - A - DOODIE CAR!"<p>"You're just another lying ol' dirty birdy."<p>That is all.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Jean-Pierre Jeunet to direct I Am Legend: Resurrection

    by Spandau Belly

    Jeunet is quoted as saying he's really happy to have another shot at a big Hollywood sci-fi franchise and has already started working on designs for the half-vampire-half-Will Smith "newborn" creature and a gruesome scene in which Smith takes a blowtorch to a room full of Bad Boyz sequels. Co-stars include Dominique Pinon, Ron Pearlman, and Audrey Tautou as Astar from the planet danger.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:22 a.m. CST

    BASTARDS

    by ZeroCorpse

    Not only do they shit on "I Am Legend", but they come back to shit on it AGAIN?!?! <p> Fuck you, Will Smith. Fuck you Akiva Goldsmith. Fuck you anyone involved in this travesty. You've got no respect for the book, and I have no respect for you.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Maybe it's a sequel to the original ending on the DVD

    by andrew coleman

    Since everyone pretty much agrees that ending was better. The first film hinted at the vamps being slightly human and then tossed that away. If Smith survived maybe they could see the vamps taking action like they did in the first one, maybe they don't want to be cured and they start killing the human survivors at the camp we saw at the end of the first one. I don't know it could be cool but it most likely will be horrible shit.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST

    it's gonna be called

    by j_difool

    I, Too, Am Legend, Like You (Electric Boogaloo) or Boyz II Legend They're both on the table at this point.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST

    I Am Dead

    by Reelheed

    90mins of Will Smith slowly decomposing

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:29 a.m. CST

    I Am Splattered In Small Chunks All Over The Ceiling

    by Reelheed

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:30 a.m. CST

    I Am Burning In Hell

    by Reelheed

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:30 a.m. CST

    I am Legend Too

    by SlickyVonBoner

    The Story about ANOTHER guy developing a cure in... LA, played by Will Smith in a cop-stache. Man, I should work in Hollywood.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    I Am Will Smith's Character's Twin Brother

    by Reelheed

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Remake the first...

    by pdennett316

    But do it better with no painfully CG monsters and a better ending more in line with the book. <p> There, problem solved. Most of I Am Legend was decent to great, just drop the shit that didn't work and release it.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:32 a.m. CST

    I Am A Ghost WooOoo

    by Reelheed

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST

    I Am Legend II: The Omega Man

    by edgreen86

    In the distant future, Charlton Heston will land on a planet, filled with intelligent, talking Hollywood Producers. After getting the crap kicked out of him, Heston will escape, only to find a huge statue of Will Smith buried in the sand. Heston will fall to his knees and call out to God "Why, why, why?".

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:37 a.m. CST

    I Was Legend

    by Marillion

    or... <p> He Was Legend and I'm just Riding his Coattails to Vermont...

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Give it to Ratner

    by wash

    Not like I was going to see this anyway

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:43 a.m. CST

    I Am Stupid

    by question83

    And i need more money ! MORE MONEY ! Will Smith

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST

    duh, Will Smiths gonna be head vampire in this one

    by sylvester stabone

    after he dies he returns as head vampire zombie cgi guy

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST

    The should call it the Alpha Man

    by orcus

    Just to be cute

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST

    The Godfather 4: The Return Of Vitto Corleone

    by Damien Chowder

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Why I vomit

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Because the trailers for Smith/Cruise films are like the ones at the front of Tropic Thunder, except they're real!

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Money Is A Hell Of A Drug

    by A-COD

    I am Legend grossed 200 million. I'd rather they try a sequel than bring back an older looking Smith and try to say he's younger. But something is coming. The only way I will acept another I am Legend is if they let Mike Patton sing this time.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Maybe they are going to start over and...

    by mrfan

    actually do it right this time.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST

    O Goncho - they did use the original ending

    by GreatOne3

    In the book, Neville dies. In the movie, Smith/Neville dies. See - they're the same!<p>(fucking Hollywood retards)

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:05 a.m. CST

    The Last Man in the World

    by brotherbradshaw

    I wish they had followed the Richard Matheson novelette more closely. I saw The Last Man On Earth (1964) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058700/ and except for the special effects I prefer that story. Vincent Price did pretty well and it followed the original story. Anyone else seen this?

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST

    WHOOOOOOOOOO

    by choptop

    CAAAAAAARRRRRRREEEEEEEEESSSSSSSS?

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST

    The first one was so bad...

    by GingerBallz

    I can't believe they're even considering this. Why did they even call the first one, "I Am Legend" if they were going to completely ignore Matheson's reason for titling it that? I won't be seeing this...

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    brotherbradshaw

    by Mosquito March

    I saw the Price movie. In my memory, it consists mostly of Price sitting around drinking coffee and listening to records while a bad guy bangs on his door every night and ultimately trashes his car. This thought kept running through my mind: If the bad guys know where you live because their leader remembers where your house was from when he was alive, why in the fuck don't you MOVE SOMEWHERE ELSE? If you're not going to actively try and kill these fucks, who all move slower than Latina bitches at the mall, FIND A SAFER PLACE TO LIVE.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Oh Dear

    by yiannis

    I shouldn't be surprised, though. After all, this is the same Hollywood that just greenlit Nutty Professor 3...<br><br>Will Smith seems to be on a run of sacrilege against great sci-fi novels. First of all he still-birthed Asimov's ideas onto the screen (although the only thing I Robot really shared with Asimov was the title) and then decided that Matheson's dark allegory was actually a fun, cool story and got rid of that unnecessary dark, philosophical ending.<br><br>Please, God. If you exist, please make sure Will Smith never lays his hands on a copy of Neuromancer!<br><br>For the record, I felt that "I am (jiggy) Legend" (as it should now be called) worked fairly well as a film for about 2/3rds of the running time as long as you could get over the fact that it wasn't that faithful an adaptation. Smith played the loner character fairly well, the Dog deserved the Oscar for best supporting performance (non-human category) and the general atmosphere of the film worked well. However, three HORRIBLE mistakes make all the hate for this film justified.<br><br>First of all, the decision to make Smith's character a brilliant scientist rather than an everyman seriously undermined any dramatic tension in the plot. After all, if your plot is "find a cure for a disease" and your lead character is "genius doctor with troubled past", I would bet all the possessions I owned in the world against winning a chocolate bar that said cure is duly found in the third act. Think how many other films have become predictable for the same reason:<br><br>The Day After Tomorrow: enemy = weather, hero = meteorologist. Victory assured.<br><br>Cliffhanger: enemy = mountain, hero = mountain rescue. Victory assured.<br><br>Outbreak: enemy = virus, hero = virologist. Victory assured.<br><br>Secondly, the decision to go with all-CGI vampires was laughable. CGI may be the way forward for anything obviously NOT human (the demons in the same director's Constantine worked just fine for this exact reason), but when something is CLEARLY a human being, albeit distorted, it needs a human actor at the heart of it. 30 Days of Night showed perfectly that real (and recognisable) actors can have their features tweaked by CGI into something truly other-worldly and creepy, while still maintaining a real, human, dramatic performance at the core. Going down this route would have led to truly scary monsters and there would have been no discussion necessary about the effects as they would have been seamless.<br><br>Finally, the ending, oh the ending...<br><br>For anyone that hasn't read the book and can't understand what the fuss was about, the entire point of the novel was that Neville was truly, genuinely the LAST HUMAN ALIVE. The vampires had now evolved a sentience of their own and had become the dominant species on the planet. Neville becomes a LEGEND as he is the last of his kind. In the future, vampires might forget that human beings truly ever existed and the story of the last human being, a dangerous predator of their kind, will become almost a bedtime story. That is what a LEGEND is, a story where any truth in it may have long since been lost, but the meaning remains.<br><br>Instead, we have humans surviving (and handily popping up to watch Shrek!) and Neville developing the cure through which humanity will be saved!<br><br>First of all, one little compound in Montana or wherever the fuck it was meant to be DOESN'T mean that humanity is saved if the whole rest of the WORLD is overrun by literally BILLIONS of vampires!<br><br>Secondly, even if humanity eventually succeeds and wipes out the vampire threat, the whole purpose of the title is reversed. Neville will not be remembered as a legend, he will be remembered as a HERO. A real, historical figure who achieved a famous victory. If anything, it is the VAMPIRES who will become legends 100 generations or so after they are wiped out!<br><br>If you're going to take an existing work and loosely adapt a few of its themes, ideas and scenes into a different story of your own telling, that's not a problem. After all, this is EXACTLY what was done with this story in previous adaptations.<br><br>However, if you are going to use the same TITLE, same CHARACTERS and exact same PREMISE as the book, it is a reasonable assumption on the part of the audience that the whole POINT of the book will also be retained. The fact that this didn't happen is the cause of all the vitriol and makes it totally deserved.<br><br>So go ahead! Make a dozen sequels to this for all I care. Just as you could make a sequel to any of the dozens of teen comedies loosely based off Shakespeare and afficionados of the Bard wouldn't care, I don't care where you take this story from here, as it has nothing to do with Matheson.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Not this again.

    by jae683

    Sigh. I keep waiting for California to sink into the ocean ... but it never happens.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Yiannis

    by Sgt.Steiner

    Well said. Crappy FX, rape of the source material. What a waste.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Maybe...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    ...but probably, no.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST

    the Price Movie

    by brotherbradshaw

    That's the way the original story went. The zombies, or vampires, or whatever you want to call them are stupid. No superhuman strength. They're just a nuisance to him. He's not that scared of them. You see him a couple of times fight his way through groups of them, almost effortlessly. And the Price movie does cover the period from the start of the plague to Morgan ending up all alone. He goes out and kills some zombies every day because he doesn't have anything better to do. He's lonely and bored. If he misses a day, it's no big deal. In the Will Smith movie I wondered why he didn't put more effort into killing the zombies, because they were such a threat to him. In Will Smith's movie, I think it would have made much more sense if he burned down buildings where they were hiding.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST

    California sinks into ocean...

    by Dead_Geek

    ...Goodbye you lizard fucks!

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST

    jae683

    by yiannis

    Leaving nothing but a cool, beautiful serenity called...<br><br>Arizona Bay!

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Crispy head Wil??

    by Varakor

    Fuck it, I'm sold!

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Varakor

    by yiannis

    Only if it is achieved without EITHER makeup or CGI...

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST

    As long as even the SUVs are CGI . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . I'm on board. Wait, no, that would mean more shit.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Not real, it

    by ricarleite

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Not real, its an elaborate prank (DAMN ENTER BUTTON)

    by ricarleite

    No way this is real. Who wants a prequel (or sequel, I didnt get it) to I Am Legend? Besides Will Smith and Scientologists?

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Dumber than dumb

    by the_rising

    It is sickening that any kind of 'quel is being considered.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST

    It's easy, Wil Smith's death was a dream

    by I Dunno

    and the other ending was what really happened. Oh fuck, blow up Hollywood now.

  • I have no idea what I'm watching...and I dont want to know...or see...or hear about what they are. It looks dull/boring/stupid.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Im all for this

    by Spikey

    The alt ending was clearly the proper ending to the film with all the plot points leading up to it and i expected them to promote the alt ending as the 'real' ending for the dvd. It brings it much closer to the original point of the story just in a different way.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST

    I hope it has a squid.

    by disfigurehead

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Just say no to prequels

    by SexyBeast

    a prequel is ok if it is done maybe 10 years after a really good film, but if you're coming out 2 years later with it, why not just make it the first movie to begin with? If you have that much story to tell, it should have opened your franchise

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 12:26 p.m. CST

    MetiphisLabs:

    by Sith Witch

    If the expiration date now comes that soon, I'm going to town with my friends who haven't yet encountered the massive spoilers behind The Force Unleashed, which I would think are much more potent as they inform an entire six-movie series. Let's see...I'll give them until mid-Feb., because by then they'd have had a full six months.<p> I'm used to the idea of hiding spoilers for at least a few years, but I guess with the way technology's going, that window of time is closing to the day-and-date of release!</p>

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 12:28 p.m. CST

    yiannis - well stated, but one minor point

    by GreatOne3

    Some of the vampires in the novel had evolved to a point of sentience, but others (if not most) were still brooding beasts. Neville was unaware of the evolution, so when he was killing vampires, he was killing from both sides. The woman he runs into was an evolved vampire who was terrified of Neville, thinking him nothing more than a killing machine - their own version of Dracula. She made contact for the sole purpose of setting him up for the evolved vamps to get him, which they did. <p>After being captured, Neville looked down from his confinement and saw all of the other sentient vamps looking at him in amazement. It was at this point that Neville realized that he was the monster, not them. He was their Legend. That's why he killed himself (although he probably would have been killed).

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    I smell DREAM SEQUENCE

    by JMoe

    From the point of the mexican woman and kid showing up, all that, DREAM . . . actually the sun comes up when vamps are attacking him in the van, scares vamps away, he passes out, starts from there in the morning . . . would fix everything that was wrong with the first one . . . heard here first . . . BANK!

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Who cares when AVATAR is fucking our eyeballs in 2009?

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    nobody

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Do GODFATHER II - Prequel/Sequel! THAT could work!

    by TallBoy66

    When I first heard of the I am Legend Prequel, didn't get all jazzed up because, well, it's a pretty straighforward story - everybody dies. Sequel - no Will Smith who held the first movie together. Do a prequel/sequel in the same film, kind of like Godfather II, and show the death of humanity contrasted with the rebirth of humanity (Nevelle's character struggle vs. the girl's character struggle) and THAT has dramatic potential to actually mean something. And you get Smith back. Also, I loved I Am Legend, one of my favourite movies from last year, and the theatrical ending has WAY more dramatic ompth than the "Let the vampire go and they drive away" ending.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST

    II Am Legend 2 - Disastriouser and Vampirious

    by Ray Gamma

    Last Blokeo Drift

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST

    If Richard Matheson...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ...wasn't still living (age 82 as of 02/20/08, he'd be rolling in his grave! The first movie totally blew the entire point of the book encapsulated in the title "I Am Legend", and now they are considering a SEQUEL? Jesus titty-fucking christ! The title of Matheson's amazing novel comes from how the book ends, WITH NEVILLE'S DEATH! *spoiler*: At the end of the novel Neville has been captured and a female sympathetic tertiary has given him some pills so that he can commit suicide before he is executed: <p> "Neville meets Ruth again in his prison; she informs him that she is a ranking member of this new society but unlike the others she doesn't fear and hate him. She tells him she had come to his prison to try and help him escape but that is now impossible. She acknowledges the need for Neville's execution, and slips him pills, claiming they will 'make it easier'. Emotionally broken, Neville finally accepts his fate and tearfully asks Ruth not to let this society get too brutal and heartless. Ruth kisses him and leaves. <p> Neville goes to his prison window and gets a glimpse of all the infected milling around in the yard waiting for his execution. When they spot him, he sees the fear, awe and horror in their eyes and he understands to them he is a scourge, just as they were a scourge to him at the beginning of the novel. Previously Neville saw the destruction of the infected survivors as a right and a moral imperative to be pursued for his own and mankind's survival, but now he finally acknowledges defeat. He is the only immune human left in the world, the only survivor of the "old race". <p> He glimpses a future society where infection is normal and he, Neville, is a murderous, biologic deviant. As he turns away and swallows the pills, Neville grasps the reversal that has taken place and that, just as vampires were legend in pre-infection times now he, as obsolete exemplar of old humanity, is legend in the eyes of the new race born of the infection." <p> Neville realizes that he will be "the boogey man" that the "new race" will tell scary stories to their children stories about around the campfire. "Be good or *The Neville" will get you". As his consciousness slips away, he concludes: "I Am Legend". Stupid fucks.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 1:17 p.m. CST

    2 AM 2 LEGEND

    by Johnno

    I dunno... I don't think it needs it, frankly the prequel idea sounds better...

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 1:20 p.m. CST

    GREAT! MORE FAKEY CGI VAMPIRES!!!

    by uberman

    Though I love horror+monsters, this I will skip due to the crappy vampires in the first one, though the story was good, as was the acting. The vampire treatment took me out of the movie big time.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST

    2 LEGEND 2 QUIT

    by Johnno

    Wait I've got it! Will Smith will play Will Smith's son who actually survived and is all grown up now (dun dunnn dunnnn) and is off now looking for his legendary father! He will also have a dog, only this time it'll be a husky. A huskie named 'Wolfie.'

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST

    AM I A LEGEND 2?

    by Johnno

    This one will be a TV series following one zombie. A zombie on a quest. A quest for love!

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST

    He's the Zombie, I'm the Rapper

    by mooseaka

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Skyway Moaters - thanks for posting that

    by GreatOne3

    How these idiots in Hollywood could have taken that last, poignant prose and fucked it up the way they did is an abomination.<p>I just saw "Dead Set", and was put off by the ending the way the producer became such an illogical, irrational, bullying asshole in such a time of crisis. But then I remember crapfests like IAL and realize that such a depiction probably isn't all that far off.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 1:26 p.m. CST

    2 LEGEND, AM I?

    by Johnno

    This will be the final sequel that is also a prequel for what will enivitably be 'I, Robot'

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST

    turns out JAZZY JEFF is the mastermind of the plague

    by shogunshin

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 1:33 p.m. CST

    yiannis

    by Johnno

    Maybe Will Smith is all over sci-fi now because he regrets turning down 'The Matrix.' Heck I bet he's even uncomfortable with the fact that Jada managed to be in it. :P After she was in 'Enter the Matrix' he wanted his own videogame too!

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    CGI Vampires sucked

    by hallmitchell

    Literally and on screen.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Sequel should be called

    by hallmitchell

    Legendary

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Why all the Will Smith hate...

    by The Eskimo

    ...he's a descent actor...I don't understand why we crucify him for "ruining" all of these films. He's just following script, right? Getting a paycheck? Not his fault...

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    i love will smith...hes just tends to make shitty movies

    by Westonian

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST

    I smell....

    by ericinwisconsin

    ... Evil Twin Smith!!

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    I'm Still A Legend, Ya'll!

    by Big Bad Clone

    The dog comes back, too.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Will Smith will play Obama in "Dreams of My Father".

    by Leafar the Lost

    This is a rumor that I am making up on my own, but Obama himself said Will Smith should play him if a movie were ever made. The eventual title of the movie will probably be something else like...I don't fucking know...some bullshit Hollywood title...but it really doesn't matter what you call it. Call it "Obama", cast Smith as the man, and you will get asses in the seats, including my fat ass. I don't give a fuck about a sequel to "I AM ASSHOLE".

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Johnno - that was actually part of Smith's career plan

    by GreatOne3

    When he and his agent sat down to formulate his career path, they looked at what the highest grossing movies were - sci-fi movies. Hence Men In Black, ID4, and the rest.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST

    I Am 2 Legend

    by Shepard Wong

    Are not! Am 2!!!!

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST

    A prequel could work. Hear me out.

    by FluffyUnbound

    Omega Man = best part of movie is flashbacks of the plague. I am Legend = best part of movie is flashbacks of the plague. Last Man on Earth = best part of movie is flashbacks of the plague. 28 Days Later = best part of movie is characters talking about stuff that happened during the plague. The Stand = sucks after the plague ends. Dawn of the Dead [both versions] = best part of movie is while society is still falling. Seeing a pattern here? The best part of movies like this is the last gasp before society goes down, but for some reason [budgetary?] filmmakers don't show enough of that, and always want to set that plot AFTER the best stuff does down. The army, the police, our religious institutions, the government - all of these things have to fall apart in the last moments of some crazy plague shit going down, and nobody ever wants to show THAT and have THAT be the story. It's always some "Survivors turn on each other / survivors learn lessons about life / survivors listen to crazy old black lady spew nonsense" plot line instead. The only movie that really put part of its focus on institutional collapse was Lifeforce, and that's only in one city, and once again it's the best part of THAT movie, too.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Someone give TallBoy66 a Prize

    by fat bears

    ... Because is smart and had a good idea, amidst all the bitching in here. Parallel narratives: one showing Smith settling into the ruins of New York, losing his fellow survivors to what used to be people and by the end of the movie cracking up and starting (continuing) his first capture of and tests on live specimens, the other narrative would be him with the human survivors in the compound being overrun by the new breed and fighting for their lives and as the attacks become more sophisitcated he finally gets that the vampires are intelligent and that he's in the middle of a genesis story and that he'll be the monster in the stories of the future civilization. Bouncing back and forth between the pre- and sequel could add some great pathos as the last human finally surrenders himself to the creatures he tortured. That's a movie I'd watch. I mean, his transgression against the vampires has already happened. I'd definitely watch him come to the point where he begins his kidnapping, and the point at which he repents. But, seriously, TallBoy66 gets a prize for cleverest guy on the thread.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Tallboy 66's idea is pretty good...

    by AgentArchangel

    ...I actually had something similar to that in mind that could put them on track for a legitimate sequel. Movie 1: The Legend of Robert Neville; which would focus on Neville's life and how he became the big shot scientist he is, how he meets Dr. Krippen, and eventually ending at how mankind falls. It would be a prequel that would take you to about the begining of IAL. Movie 3 would be The Legend of Alice Krippen, with the good doctor being a part of the survivors in Vermont. It would pick up from the theatrical ending of I Am Legend and we'd once again be introduced to Anna and Ethan, just as they arrived at the gates of the compound. We'd see Dr. Krippen leading the effort to synthesize a cure amongst the colony, and with Dr. Neville's cure she would be able to save everyone. She too would be consumed with the guilt that Neville was struggling with in IAL, but she'd have different ways of dealing with it. (We'd also flashback to the points in her life that happened during the evacuation, just like the first movie.) One problem though...the Darkseekers have adapted to cold, and are planning to lay siege to the colony. Just something that came to mind, I'm keeping an open mind to see just how they pull this off, but a prequel/sequel sounds about right.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 2:30 p.m. CST

    WELCOME TO EARF

    by Prossor

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST

    True GreatOne,

    by Skyway Moaters

    "Adaptation" is necessary to translate literature to film. But how these "screen-writers" can look at a closing act like the one Matheson presents in his novel, and then change it to something as lame as what we got, is entirely beyond my comprehension. The end of this novel is what ties the whole thing together. Any other ending drastically undermines the impact of the story. A "sequel" is just greed driven idiocy. They've wrecked it enough as is. I hope Matheson sues if this actually goes into production.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Here's a radical idea...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...how about actually making 'I Am Legend' as it was fucking written?<p>No 'test screenings' no 'marketing surveys', just follow the fucking story as Richard Matheson wrote it.<p>Or is that too 'out there' for the nose-candy brigade?

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 2:42 p.m. CST

    BiggusDickus...

    by AgentArchangel

    ...you had me with "as it was fucking written". I had been hoping for a movie like that ever since I turned the last page of the story.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Legend In Black

    by crazybubba

    Droids find Smith's charred corpse and take it to the Death Star where he is turned into a heavy breathing cyborg (voiced by Biz Marky) who returns to Earth in TIE fighter and destroys all the vamps<p>or they can hire Tim Kring to write a time travel movie Heroe is Legend and Smith's character can use a time travel device at the last second before he blows himself up, go back in time rescue General Custer from the Indians and come back to fight the vamps.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST

    TopHat = Pleb

    by CharyouTree

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Did anyone say

    by LarryTate

    Boogaloo yet?

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 3:05 p.m. CST

    JON HAMM AM LEGEND!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Eh, zfisk?

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 3:19 p.m. CST

    I Am Legend 2: Electric Boogaloo

    by Christopher3

    I guess this could work if it tells the story of how the colony of survivors retakes the planet - or if the vampies get smarter and develop their own society. They better hurry before World War Z hits the screens though.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST

    I really hope II AM LEGEND catches on

    by Mullah Omar

    If made, a poster for II AM LEGEND has real potential to make even grandmothers' jaws drop and exclaim "You gotta be shittin' me!" <br> <br> This could be monumentally shitty.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST

    There ARE other properties worth making! Grrrrr

    by ebolamonkey

    There is a lot of other great source material out there. Why, O why, revisit this? Let's line up the writers to try and try again at making this seem plausible and worthwhile.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 4 p.m. CST

    Wouldn't the first half be pretty boring?

    by Alkeoholic77

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    I AM LEGENDER

    by viranth

    Please call it this!

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    The movie omitted two key scenes from the book

    by thegreatwhatzit

    The hero, grieving the death of his beloved wife, refused to incinerate her. He opts, instead, to bury her and, as a consequence, she's resurrected as a vampire. At least this passage survived an earlier adaptation, LAST MAN ON EARTH (a pretty underrated movie). In the Smith abortion, his wife is blown-up in a helicopter. Pretty chilling, huh? Also: the hero routinely leaves home to exterminate vampires. He blisfully snoozes on the job, later waking-up to realize that his watch has stopped! Darkness is falling, the vampires are pissed and he has no sanctuary! This passage is in none of the three movie adaptations. A pity--the filmmakers yielded to Hollywood in lieu of Richard Matheson's classic.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Still wouldn't beat Indy 4 in the race of Suck

    by landrvr1

    bitches

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST

    I Am Legend of Beggar Vance II

    by Dr Gregory House

    With Zombies, baggy pants and 9 iron.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    This is a First: Sequel to a DVD alternate Ending

    by George Newman

    What has the Digital age done to cinema? <p> just kidding, I love it

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Will he do a rap remake of Thriller video with Zombies?

    by crazybubba

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 5:07 p.m. CST

    LOL, I Am Legender!!!!!

    by Turd Furgeson

    Now that is funny!

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Legend explanation in the theatrical release

    by Bramton1

    The end of the movie states that Neville was a legend because he discovered the cure. Someone said that doesn't make you a legend, but a hero instead. I somewhat disagree. Let's say that the cure works and mankind retakes the planet. Neville will be known as the creator of the cure. Or will he? Think when a satirical email gets forwarded around, and noone knows who wrote it. Someone eventually adds some famous comic's name to it. Soon it becomes a question of "Did he say that, or didn't he?" I see something similar in this universe. Robert Neville was well-known as a scientist researching the cure. But after three years and an overwhelming majority of human race dead or infected, I expect most survivors figured him long dead. Suddenly a woman shows up and says that Robert Neville gave her the cure. I expect the popular reaction would be "Yeah, right." Now the discovery of the cure becomes attributed to an anonymous nobody, while the legend says "The great Robert Neville saved mankind." Kinda like how the legend says that the great John Henry took on the machine and won. So yes, Neville still becomes a "legend." Granted, the explanation in the book would be so much better, but whatever.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    yes!!

    by darthwaz1

    Let's totally assfuck Matheson yet again!!

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Bramton1?

    by Skyway Moaters

    You are a retard.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Richard Matheson must be rolling in his grave...

    by darthwaz1

    oh wait! he's still alive...

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST

    VIRUS/PLAGUE VICTIM/ZOMBIE BASEBALL!!!!!!!!!!!

    by alice 13

    i am lidge-nd.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Skyway Moaters

    by Bramton1

    Why, just because I'm trying to make sense of it? How this? IT SUCKS!!! Is that better?

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    I Am Ledger

    by Droid

    Starring a CGI Heath Ledger.<p>Too soon?

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 5:58 p.m. CST

    I Am Not Twilight

    by PTSDPete

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 6 p.m. CST

    I Am Suck :

    by PTSDPete

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    happy b-day mr ackerman

    by bacci40

    no one else has said it...he aint dead yet (he will never die, so fuck all of you) so im saying it...HAPPY 92ND BDAY TO THE MAN WHO STOKED MY LOVE FOR THE CELULOID

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Much better Bramton1

    by Skyway Moaters

    Shouldn't try to make sense of crap.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Know what I'm sayin, Uncle Phil?!

    by Larry Sellers

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST

    i am sick to death of hollywood

    by bacci40

    when are they gonna release the sequel to citizen kane...kane's bastard child from one of his many one night fucks returns to claim what his rightfully his....ROSEBUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!unbeknowst to him, kane's spirit now inhabits that fried up piece of wood, and has turned himself into a killer sled, who wreaks havoc on the world that dared to once scoff at him...fuck it...

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST

    i am sick to death of hollywood

    by bacci40

    when are they gonna release the sequel to citizen kane...kane's bastard child from one of his many one night fucks returns to claim what his rightfully his....ROSEBUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!unbeknowst to him, kane's spirit now inhabits that fried up piece of wood, and has turned himself into a killer sled, who wreaks havoc on the world that dared to once scoff at him...fuck it...

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Will Smith as Vito Corleone :

    by PTSDPete

    Will Smith's kid as Michael Corleone Jr., the gangsta kid who refuses to shut up. Laughter ensues.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 6:12 p.m. CST

    GODFATHER IV: AW HELL NAW THEM ZOMBIES

    by PTSDPete

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Fucking books

    by Larry Sellers

    Books ruin good ideas for movies!

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 6:32 p.m. CST

    sequel to citizen kane

    by crazybubba

    laughing my ass off.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Digg it

    by BuckNasty1138

    First off I really loved the first movie. I agree that the CGI monsters sucked and ruined it towards the end, but the first hour is pure gold baby. A prequel would be great for once. I like the fact that Smith fails to save the survivors that could add a great dynamic to the first film. They could also change the monsters up, seeing as how its right when they manifested. They can make it actual people in makeup and not crappy cgi. Maybe through the years they mutate into the cgi monsters but when they start off they are more human.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    slowest aicn day ever?

    by unkempt_sock

    think so

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST

    sith witch

    by 300 monkeys

    I Am Legend was released on DVD over 8 months ago, and has been on HBO for at least a couple of months, and you came into this talkback to read about a possible sequel. What is your complaint about spoilers, exactly? You should not be reading this talkback if you don't want any, you big whiny baby.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Why Can't You Be More Like Edward Cullens?

    by crazybubba

    shucks wrong TB.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Will wakes up in the shower, maybe??

    by unionJACKass.webs.com

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 7 p.m. CST

    How do you pronounce "II Am Legend?

    by CountryBoy

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 7:03 p.m. CST

    I am Legend II: Rise of ME

    by Maniaq

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Legend BEGINS?

    by Maniaq

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST

    I am THE INCREDIBLE Legend

    by Maniaq

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 7:09 p.m. CST

    I 2 Am Legend

    by CountryBoy

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Asylums version..

    by BacardiRocky

    I Am Omega was actually closer to the book than Will Smith's "I am Legend." It was a little more entertaining in an unintended comedy film way. Can't we have a true adaption of this book. Have Keifer Sutherland star as Neville, he already did the audio book for it. "The Last Man on Earth" is the best adaptation of this story and that flick was made over 40 years ago. WTF. Hollywood has no balls. I Am Not paying to see this movie.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Open up your mouth America,

    by Dead_Geek

    Here comes another steaming hot Will Smith turd! Now with more corn!

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 7:18 p.m. CST

    best version to worst...

    by darthwaz1

    1. Last Man On Earth 2. Omega Man 3. Will Smith shit version

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 7:46 p.m. CST

    That movie depressed the hell out of me

    by Cotton McKnight

    I can't even watch it because it makes me think of his poor dog.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST

    In reply and in comment...

    by yiannis

    GreatOne3,<br><br>Correct point and one I was aware of re some vampires not developing sentience. I was aware of this fact, but chose to simplify my point from the point of view of not writing an epic essay, nothing more.<br><br>Johnno,<br><br>You may be right there re The Matrix. Why do you think I singled out Neuromancer as the ONE property I don't want him anywhere fucking near? I can just imagine some soulless hack (or Smith's agent) going "gee, this is quite similar to that Matrix thingy" (wonder why?) "maybe Willie wants to make this instead".<br><br>As to GreatOne3's reply to your post, I have no problem with Will Smith making sci-fi films. I just have a problem with him taking sacred works of genuine art by genuine visionaries and turning them into shitty identikit action movies. MIB rocked because it was meant to be fun and worked. I Am Legend sucked because it was meant to be a philosophical treatise and failed. Miserably.<br><br>The Eskimo,<br><br>I'm not sure too many people on this board who really HATE Smith, just the choices he has made from time to time.<br><br>I really cannot understand how people can possibly be receptive to this story being sequelled or prequelled. Fair enough, if you haven't read Matheson's original story, you won't necessarily appreciate his reasoning behind the story and why it is MOST DEFINITELY a stand-alone novel. Even if you've just seen the film, though, I fail to understand how a sequel or prequel is NECESSARY.<br><br>In a prequel, you'd be looking at the gradual build up of vampires. You already know how it begins due to the original film's prologue, you know how it ends due to the situation of the world during the original film and Smith's story has nowhere to go or come from before the events of the film. What is the plot arc exactly? In order to make any sort of prequel at all you'd have to introduce a whole set of new characters, therefore the ONLY link to the story would be "vampires". Why not just come up with a new vampire movie then? Why does it have to be linked to I Am Legend?<br><br>The same works for a sequel. You would again have to introduce new characters and what would your story arc be? A small group of humans slowly, bit by bit reclaiming the world from vampires is an incredibly UN-cinematic story. As well as being too slow in pace, it would also lack anything in dramatic tension, because the ending would be already decided and you just get to watch the gradual steps leading to that inevitable conclusion. Any other story you could drag out of "small group of humans in a world of vampires" seems like either a low budget B-movie or a Sci-Fi channel miniseries, either way hardly fitting material for one of the supposed premier A-list stars in Hollywood.<br><br>Yes, I realise that I Am Legend made a lot of money (unfounately one ticket's worth came from me - they fooled me into thinking it was faithful too!), but profit alone cannot ever justify sequelising a story that just doesn't lend itself to such a process. Let's face it, they talked about a sequel to Titanic for a few days before realising how insane that idea actually was. This is probably the same kind of scenario.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Tallboy66

    by yiannis

    This "let the vampire go and they walk away" ending, is that the alternative one on the DVD? If so, I can't comment on it, as this film wasn't worthy of my money on DVD.<br><br>The REASON it wasn't worthy is because of the novel. Pick it up at your nearest bookstore straight away! It's an old book and fairly short, so you should be able to pick it up cheaply and read it quickly. Once you do, you will never attribute the word "depth" to this movie ever again...

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Xian042, stop giving Hollywood bad ideas

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    They have enough of them. As everyone knows there was only one Highlander. The subsequent "sequels" are figments of people's imagination, especially The Quickening.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 8:32 p.m. CST

    II Am Legend

    by andymillman

    Finally, a movie for stutterers. Or pirates.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 8:45 p.m. CST

    "IT'S A FUCKING SEQUEL!"

    by MattmanReturns

    Who talks like that? This is fake bullshit.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:29 p.m. CST

    I AM LEGEND, CAUSE I SURVIVED THE BLAST

    by future help

    plosion-proof!

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Ending aside, yeah, really, a piece of shit film

    by wcme

    And heres why in a nutshell - What I like to call "Bionic Zombies". In the good old days, you had shambling slow Zombies that slowly encroached upon you...1 by 1...more and more, and you felt safe enough to walk outside, go get wood or gas, and suddenly 7 or 8 walked out of the dark, still slow, and you went to turn around, and they were everywhere. There was no direction tun, and slow as they were, the sheer NUMBERS overtook you and drug you down. Now adays, the Zombies, and I mean, ALL OF THEM... the WHOLE EARTH, are bionic. They can run at 60 miles an hour, rip doors off and smash walls down, lift cars, set elaborate traps, think and drag things around, and hang upside down on the ceiling by digging in their rotting fleshless skeleton bone fingers into the drywall support beams and rip entire chunks of the ceiling out with huge mandible bionic jaws. Now, if that aint over the top (you show me how dying and rising from the dead grants you bionic powers and strength) I dont know what is. As always, old school rules, modern CGI wet dreams drool.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Well...

    by wcme

    as I write that all up, I realize they were supposed to be vampires vs zombies. Ah well. That still stands in the context of more modern zombie films. :) That is all.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 9:49 p.m. CST

    I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A PREQUEL

    by BringingSexyBack

    The origin story would be awesome.

  • Nov. 24, 2008, 10:34 p.m. CST

    yiannis

    by Skyway Moaters

    All that, and you don't acknowledge that all existing adaptations of Richard Matheson's novella have been woefully misguided?! Have you read the fucking book? <p> Fuck you.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 2:03 a.m. CST

    everyone you know is.......

    by The Amazing G

    DEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD!!!!!!!!

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 2:03 a.m. CST

    WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING OUT HERE...

    by The Amazing G

    FRED!?

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 2:32 a.m. CST

    I am Hancock ... ...

    by SleazyDragon

    and no puny grenade is going to hurt me. Now your zombie head is going up his zombie ass.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Strangely

    by DC Films

    Smith is the best thing in the original. The script's average - considering how good the source material is that makes it worse than average. The CGI 'vampires' are crap - shoulda gone with real people; in the book his nest door neighbor is creepy as hell (like the kid scratching on the window in Salem's Lot, TV version). And the epilogue is a slap in the face! Bringing Will back in a sequel is kicking us all while we're down. Just because a prequel sucks, doesn't make a sequel the only way to go - make leave it alone, you killed it already - maybe one day someone can film the book properly.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 8 a.m. CST

    Wait 20 years...

    by I AM ROCKO

    ...and then make a film called "I Am Legend" you know based on the fucking book! Why has that been so hard for Hollywood...

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Re-release with the original ending, and then sequel it?

    by kiddae

    Could work.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST

    COME OUT NEVILLE!!!

    by trafficguy2000

    COME OUT!!!

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Omega Man was better

    by thot

    Haven't seen Price's "Last Man on Earth", but plan to. Omega Man was superior to the new one. I found the idea of the "society", a cult-like amalgamation of the infected, to be far creepier (and believable). I agree that "bionic zombies" are retarded and hopefully will never see the silver screen again.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    I, Too, Am Legend, Like You (Electric Boogaloo)

    by kgreene

    THAT, j_difool, made me burst out laughing here at work. Which is not cool, by the way.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST

    sleeping on the job

    by brotherbradshaw

    In the Last Man on Earth, Neville does fall asleep during the day at one point when he visits a church. But since the zombies in that movie are dim and week, he easly fights his way through a group of them to his car. The zombies never really pose much of a threat to him.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 3:47 p.m. CST

    It would be hilarious if they bring him back without mentioning.

    by IndustryKiller!

    How or why he is alive. He's just there. Like Halle Berry just not having an accent in X-Men 2. Just a hilarious monument to what a joke Smiths career is.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Thot - you can see Last Man On Earth for free on-line

    by GreatOne3

    I believe it's available through Google Video. Copyright expired. Well worth your time.

  • Nov. 25, 2008, 4:07 p.m. CST

    It could work...

    by Elwood472

    I Am Still Legend opens with the death ending from the first movie. Then Smith wakes up and the alternate ending plays out. Then the true sequel begins. Cheesy, but it would work that way.

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 12:15 a.m. CST

    About that alternate ending where he lives ...

    by Shan

    Where was that bridge supposed to come from? Did the people writing the end of the movie not get the memo from the people writing the start which said they blew up all the bridges?

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Skyway Moaters

    by yiannis

    If you're going to insult someone, at least make sure of your facts first.<br><br>I direct you to my previous post on this thread, titled "Oh Dear", where I make my feelings on this movie abundantly clear by, well, ripping it to shreds. By doing so, I make clear comparisons to the book, indicating I have, in fact, read it (at least once a year for the past 12 years, incidentally - one of the most battered, well loved and well read books in my entire collection).<br><br>In case you can't be bothered to read the post in question (after all, you were happy to base your judgement of me on one post, strangely called "in reply" - doesn't that possibly suggest it to be part of a wider conversation, especially considering the REFERENCES TO PREVIOUS POSTS?!), some excerpts follow:<br><br>"(Will Smith) decided that Matheson's dark allegory was actually a fun, cool story and got rid of that unnecessary dark, philosophical ending." - please note the heavy sarcasm involved here!<br><br>"However, three HORRIBLE mistakes make all the hate for this film justified."<br><br>"If you're going to take an existing work and loosely adapt a few of its themes, ideas and scenes into a different story of your own telling, that's not a problem. After all, this is EXACTLY what was done with this story in previous adaptations.<br><br>However, if you are going to use the same TITLE, same CHARACTERS and exact same PREMISE as the book, it is a reasonable assumption on the part of the audience that the whole POINT of the book will also be retained. The fact that this didn't happen is the cause of all the vitriol and makes it totally deserved."<br><br>"I don't care where you take this story from here, as it has nothing to do with Matheson."<br><br>I hope I have made my feelings for this movie abundantly clear. I have only seen Omega Man once - and that was before I read the book - and have never seen the Vincent Price version, so do not feel I can realistically comment on those particular adaptations, hence I haven't, except in generic terms. I have been made abundantly aware of how unfaithful to the book they are, however, which is why I am in no rush to watch them.<br><br>I would hope you are man enough to apologise (or woman enough if you are that way inclined gender-wise!), as I consider I have made my feelings on this MASTERPIECE OF LITERATURE fairly clear by now. In future, if you're going to insult someone for their beliefs, try to make sure of exactly WHAT their beliefs are by reading ALL of their comments on the subject in question, rather than just taking their most recent post and forming a sweeping, generalised opinion from it...

  • Nov. 26, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Maybe

    by TheNorthlander

    Maybe he wakes up, and he just dreamt about the girl and the kid.<br> He's been alone all this time.<br> <br> Maybe he wakes up, and he's in the cave from THE DESCENT.

  • Nov. 28, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST

    My bad yiannis

    by Skyway Moaters

    Missed the post where you recommend the book.