I Am Legend’s Ending Gets Reshoots?

Something is wrong with the ending of Will Smith’s upcoming “I am Legend”, the latest movie adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel of the same name. Or at least, something is “wrong” according to the studio that produced the movie, because they have just finished reshoots on the film. Of course, no one knows if the reshoots had anything to do with the ending at all, but CHUD (and I agree) that it probably does. It’s widely known, and I think you can figure it out from the trailers, that the 2007 version of “I am Legend” is barely faithful to Matheson’s book, so one would expect the ending would also be different. The book’s ending was very, shall we say, non-audience friendly, and what kind of a Big Budget Will Smith movie would this be if the ending was non-audience friendly?

Here’s more from CHUD:

I have confirmed that there were reshoots on the movie as late as last week. What’s not confirmed is what has been reshot. My source tells me that the ending was redone, as the studio wasn’t happy with the finale that director Francis Lawrence had. Since I know that Lawrence’s ending was already unfaithful to Richard Matheson’s original story, I can only imagine that the new ending is more action packed and even more upbeat than before.

Okay, here’s where I’m going to depart a bit, and tell you that I kinda don’t want the original ending ala Matheson’s book. I’m sorry, but this is a Big Budget, Special Effects-driven Event film, and I just don’t want to sit through all the eye candy only to have a downbeat as hell ending.

So sue me, but I hope they change the ending to something more upbeat.

“I am Legend” stars Will Smith as the last man on Earth — well, except for the vampires — and is directed by Francis Lawrence. It opens December 14th, 2007.

I Am Legend’s Ending Gets Reshoots?



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  • marcus

    Ditto on the upbeat ending,

    If he’s gonna go to all the trouble to survive for years before we take our seats in the theatre to see a few hours of his existence, he should survive (happily) for years after we leave.

    You want real life? Look out the window.

  • marcus

    Ditto on the upbeat ending,

    If he’s gonna go to all the trouble to survive for years before we take our seats in the theatre to see a few hours of his existence, he should survive (happily) for years after we leave.

    You want real life? Look out the window.

  • Dave

    They didn’t wrap up the Lord of the Rings after the first installment. My feeling is, if a movie is exciting and thrilling and keeps you involved with the main character and keeps you on the edge of your seat…why end it so quickly. The old saturday matinees used to keep you coming back week after week. That’s what made Pirates of the Carribean and it’s sequels so entertaining. I couldn’t wait until the next ones come out.Not so much withthe Spiderman series…but what the heck.

  • Dave

    They didn’t wrap up the Lord of the Rings after the first installment. My feeling is, if a movie is exciting and thrilling and keeps you involved with the main character and keeps you on the edge of your seat…why end it so quickly. The old saturday matinees used to keep you coming back week after week. That’s what made Pirates of the Carribean and it’s sequels so entertaining. I couldn’t wait until the next ones come out.Not so much withthe Spiderman series…but what the heck.

  • Alison

    I feel that they should keep with the original ending. (Although I know the movie is getting released today) The meaning of the book’s title is lost if it doesn’t end the way it did in the book. Also, they shouldn’t sugar up movies so everyone’s happy and feel-good. Please stick to the book.. is that so hard to ask? Some times the main character NEEDS to die. That’s all I’m saying.

  • Alison

    I feel that they should keep with the original ending. (Although I know the movie is getting released today) The meaning of the book’s title is lost if it doesn’t end the way it did in the book. Also, they shouldn’t sugar up movies so everyone’s happy and feel-good. Please stick to the book.. is that so hard to ask? Some times the main character NEEDS to die. That’s all I’m saying.

  • DB

    Sorry but I’m tired of hearing these boo hoo people about “it’s not like the book! the book is better, this movie sucks because it’s not a book!” Who cares if it didn’t follow the darn book, it’s a movie trying to entertain you, not trying to give you something to read, then visualize yourself as Neville. All you book worms should know by now that Hollywood does not follow all the way with books.

  • DB

    Sorry but I’m tired of hearing these boo hoo people about “it’s not like the book! the book is better, this movie sucks because it’s not a book!” Who cares if it didn’t follow the darn book, it’s a movie trying to entertain you, not trying to give you something to read, then visualize yourself as Neville. All you book worms should know by now that Hollywood does not follow all the way with books.

  • Joe

    If they aren’t going to at least try to keep the essence of the book they should just change the title and write their own story.

  • Joe

    If they aren’t going to at least try to keep the essence of the book they should just change the title and write their own story.