Friday is the day, folks. I am jazzed. I am always up for a good (or even a crappy) post-apocalyptic movie. This years ‘Resident Evil: Extinction’ was only mildly entertaining (although if the apocalypse is going to be full of Milla Jovovich clones then I will personally press The Big Red Button that starts doomsday) and just made me that much more eager for Legend.
Its beaten to death but heres the fast background: “I Am Legend” was a book that was made into a movie with Vincent Price – “Last Man On Earth”. A few years went by and it was re-made as the classic “The Omega Man” with Charlton Heston. Fast forward a few years and its now “I Am Legend” with Will Smith.
All three movies share the same source material but handle it differently. LMOE gave strong vampirical overtones but followed the book pretty well. Omega Man lessened the vampirical angle and utilized a bunch of Christian/Messiah imagery that, once you know what to look for, is hard to ignore. I’ve seen some previews for Legend and it looks to be closer to the book and less like Omega Man although since more people are familiar with Omega Man than LMOE there’ll probably be some nods to the Heston movie.
This movie has been in development for years with Schwarzenegger slated for the lead role but it never materialized. It’ll be interesting to se how Will “Aw hells no” Smith does in it. I love this image from the movie. It looks like me leaving for work in the morning (except I have more hair):