PREVIEW: ‘I Am Legend’ starring Will Smith

This December, Will Smith will return to the big screen with a brutal and edgy sci-fi actioner called I Am Legend. Based on Richard Matheson’s classic novel of the last surviving man on earth, it looks to be another break-$100 million hit for the star,  now poised as the biggest movie star in the world. 

The movie was a Hollywood project long in gestation and went through many pairs of stars and directors, the closest of whom that came to bringing it to the big screen was Ridley Scott and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mark Protosevich wrote the original draft and rewrote the script many times, and was finally cast aside for uber-scribe Akiva Goldsman's magic fingers.  

The setting was changed from Los Angeles to New York for a more striking and desolate apocalyptic feel. Now, with director Francis Lawrence (Constantine) at the helm, the film will see a winter release. 

The official summary of the movie is as follows: 

Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a brilliant scientist, but even he could not contain the terrible virus that was unstoppable, incurable…and manmade. Somehow immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City…and maybe the world. But he is not alone. He is surrounded by “the Infected”—victims of the plague who have mutated into carnivorous beings who can only exist in the dark and who will devour or infect anyone or anything in their path. For three years, Neville has spent his days scavenging for food and supplies and faithfully sending out radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. All the while, the Infected lurk in the shadows, watching Neville’s every move, waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind’s last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. But his blood is also what The Infected hunt, and Neville knows he is outnumbered and quickly running out of time. 

Check out the HD teaser trailer at Apple’s movie trailer site.

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