"I Am Legend" Will Finally Get Made!

After years of languishing in development purgatory, an all-new adaptation of Richard Matheson's "I Am Legend" has finally hit the fast track, thanks to Warner Bros. and "Constantine" director Francis Lawrence.

Variety reports that "WB has entrusted Lawrence with one of the more ambitious films in its repertoire. But the studio has championed the director since he jumped from being a video helmer to directing the Keanu Reeves pic "Constantine."

In "Legend," he takes on a big sci-fi project that has been at the studio for nearly a decade. At one time, it had Ridley Scott and Arnold Schwarzenegger attached, and another incarnation had Michael Bay and Will Smith set.

Set in Los Angeles after a biological war, the pic centers on the sole healthy survivor, a man who finds himself in a battle against nocturnal mutants. Pic will undergo a rewrite under the supervision of Lawrence and the producers, who eye a 2006 start date.

Matheson's post-apocalyptic tale has been filmed twice before. Vincent Price starred in the 1964 pic "The Last Man on Earth," and Charlton Heston toplined "The Omega Man.""

Comments

jeremyd4

jeremy d

Constantine's directing was quite cool and stylish... So this movie could be good provided the story and acting are polished off better.

Sep 15 - 01:38 AM

Todd S

Todd S

[b]Why not[/b]
They're remaking everything else, why not "The Omega Man" as well.

Sep 15 - 01:45 AM

lonechicken

Han Nguyen

How's this "one of the more ambitious films"? Sounds like it could be done on the budget of 28 Days Later or Shaun of the Dead.

Sep 15 - 06:14 AM

scarysnow

First Last

so they're still not going to use vampires? what's the point of remaking it then?

Sep 15 - 01:10 PM

zeromark16

Mark Gougeon

Didn't anybody think the content of Constantine was cool but it was just... BORING?

Sep 15 - 03:40 PM

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