I Am Legend: 10 Awesome Images You've Never Seen

1. Ridley Scott's I Am Legend


In 1997, Sir Ridley Scott was attached to direct the Protosevich draft of the script on behalf of Warner Brothers. What's more, Arnold Schwarzenegger was supposed to star as Robert Neville, and the film was supposed to take place in San Francisco during the year 2000. Unfortunately, as things sometimes pan out in the business, this iteration of the project was canned due to budgetary constraints and the then current track record of Scott and Schwarzenegger. Which is a shame, because this draft had a lot of aspects that the book that would later go missing. Pictured above, and in the video included below, is the original makeup work from the legendary Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. that were proofs of concept for Sir Ridley's vision of the "Hemocytes". (No version of this project would use "vampires" as the villain, and even the subtitles in the finished film refer to these creatures as such.) After Sir Ridley's project was dropped, Rob Bowman and Michael Bay were courted over the years to help bring the film to fruition, ultimately landing with director Frances Laurence (of Constantine infamy) and a re-write by Akiva Goldsman after Will Smith had stayed attached to the project after Bay's departure.

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