Will Smith is the last man on Earth, being stalked by creatures who were once the rest of the population but have been mutated by a strange virus. Sound familiar? It should as I Am Legend is a remake of not only The Omega Man (1971) with Charlton Heston, but The Last Man On Earth (1964) with Vincent Price. Both of those movies, as well as this new version, draw their inspiration from Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend.
This particular variation on a theme has been kicking around in Warner Brothers’ Development Hell.. err, Development Offices for quite a while. Ridley Scott was originally planning on doing it in conjunction with Arnold Schwarzenegger before an escalating budget killed the project. Rob Bowman also took a crack at the story, but it finally got into production under the aegis of director Francis Lawrence, after Michael Bay’s vision for the movie was passed on by the studio.
Two new trailers have been released for the film- One for US theaters and one for international audiences. Interestingly, they use primarily the same footage, but they create two differing moods. The International Trailer skews a bit more towards the horror elements of the story, while the US version subtly emphasizes the action elements.
The US Trailer-
The International Trailer-
I Am Legend opens December 14, 2007.