Oh, man, I’m really smelling some kind of flop of disastrous proportions from I Am Legend for some reason. Maybe it’s just that they’re spending so much goddamn money on a Will Smith movie, something unheard of since Ali didn’t manage to move moviegoers as expected. Or maybe it’s that goddamn dog he seems to have with him in every promo shot we’ve seen.
Sometimes we get the coolest stuff from the areas you would not expect. Back in January when I Am Legend was filing near the Brooklyn Bridge, Will Smith took the time to hang out with some of the Coast Guard team he was working with and got a cool pic with them, which a source just forwarded to us. The other pic you can see below is two coast guard members in front of a very serious looking military vehicle on the set; apparently this scene is a flashback Smith’s character has to when things starting going to shit all around him at the start of the outbreak.
It is 7pm on January 23rd. The air is crisp as winter has set in. I'm at the South Street Seaport in New York City, where the usually serene landscape has just been over-run with citizens fleeing the island in terror. It seems a plaugue is ripping its way through the populace, turning ordinary humans into nocturnal, bloodthirsty creatures. Time to get the hell out of Manhattan.
No vampires, no desolation, just Will Smith and a dog; that’s all we get from Warner Bros. for the first pic from I Am Legend.
They’re kinda blury, out of focus and don’t really show a lot, but the set of the pics that just showed up over on Ain’t It Cool are the first shots from I Am Legend that give us any indication that they’re actually going for a horror element. The casting of Will Smith, on the other hand, does not.
With the upcoming adaptation of 300 blowing the minds of all those who see it, I think it’s safe to say that director Zack Snyder is here to stay. After remaking Dawn of the Dead and impressing more people than it pissed off (no small feat, that), there was some concern he might be done with our genre.
With cameras ready to roll on the long-awaited new version of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend, casting rumors are swirling in force around the production. Though it was initially mentioned shortly after the announcement of Will Smith in the lead that Johnny Depp would have a role in the apocalypse saga as well, it turns out that was all blown smoke.
I guess it’s only fitting, considering how long it took the latest adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic novel to get to the big screen, that it should take its dear sweet time getting done.