I am (an alternate) Legend

I found this interesting alternate ending to I Am Legend. Go watch it and then come back.

Summary

I Am Legend (2007)

Release Date: December 14, 2007
Starring: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield
Genres: Drama, Horror, Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
Runtime: 101 min
Original Title: I Am Legend
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Village Roadshow Pictures, Weed Road Pictures, Original Film, Warner Bros. Pictures, Heyday Films, Overbrook Entertainment
Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone.

Cast I Am Legend

  • Will Smith
  • Role: Robert Neville
  • Alice Braga
  • Role: Anna Montez
  • Charlie Tahan
  • Role: Ethan
  • Salli Richardson-Whitfield
  • Role: Zoe Neville
  • Willow Smith
  • Role: Marley Neville
  • Emma Thompson
  • Role: Dr. Alice Krippin
  • Darrell Foster
  • Role: Mike - Military Escort
  • Joanna Numata
  • Role: Alpha Female
  • Dash Mihok
  • Role: Alpha Male
  • Samuel Glen
  • Role: Military Driver - Jay
  • Pedro Mojica
  • Role: Sergeant
  • Marin Ireland
  • Role: Woman Evacuee
  • Alexander DiPersia
  • Role: Male Evacuee
  • Raul Torres
  • Role: Male Evacuee (uncredited)
  • April Grace
  • Role: TV Personality
  • James McCauley
  • Role: Male Evacuee
  • Anthony C. Mazza
  • Role: Evacuation Cop
  • Steve Cirbus
  • Role: Military Police
  • Calista Hill
  • Role: Little Girl Evacuee
  • Gabriella Hill
  • Role: Little Girl Evacuee
  • Madeline Hill
  • Role: Little Girl Evacuee
  • Adhi Sharma
  • Role: Military Scanning Tech
  • Tyree Michael Simpson
  • Role: Evacuation Cop #2
  • Blake Lange
  • Role: Coast Guard Ground Crew
  • Abraham Sparrow
  • Role: Male Evacuee #3
  • Pat Fraley
  • Role: President (voice)
  • Caitlin McHugh
  • Role: Special Blond Model
  • Deborah Collins
  • Role: Civilian
  • Mike Patton
  • Role: Creatures (voice)
  • Katherine Brook
  • Role: Infected
  • Vince Cupone
  • Role: Infected
  • Lynna Davis
  • Role: Infected
  • Anika Ellis
  • Role: Infected
  • John Grady
  • Role: Infected
  • Moses Harris Jr.
  • Role: Infected
  • Kennis Hawkins
  • Role: Infected
  • Marc Inniss
  • Role: Infected
  • Eric Jenkins
  • Role: Infected
  • Reed Kelly
  • Role: Infected
  • Grasan Kingsberry
  • Role: Infected
  • Drew Leary
  • Role: Infected
  • Asa Liebmann
  • Role: Infected
  • Deborah Lohse
  • Role: Infected
  • Jon-Paul Mateo
  • Role: Infected
  • Ian Mclaughlin
  • Role: Infected
  • Luke Miller
  • Role: Infected
  • Courtney Munch
  • Role: Infected
  • Kimberly Shannon Murphy
  • Role: Infected
  • Okwui Okpokwasili
  • Role: Infected
  • Erin Owen
  • Role: Infected
  • Victor Paguia
  • Role: Infected
  • Paradox Pollack
  • Role: Infected
  • Will Rawls
  • Role: Infected
  • William Schultz
  • Role: Infected
  • Hollie K. Seidel
  • Role: Infected
  • Hannah Sim
  • Role: Infected
  • Eric Spear
  • Role: Infected
  • Mark Steger
  • Role: Infected
  • Charlie Sutton
  • Role: Infected
  • David Hamilton Thomson
  • Role: Infected
  • Anthony Vincent
  • Role: Infected
  • Greg Wattkis
  • Role: Infected

Trailer I Am Legend

I have to say, that I prefer this one to the theatrical version. It gives more payoff to the zombies’ drive to find Dr. Neville. There’s a very good reason for which Dr. Neville completely didn’t foresee, given that his approach to their condition was based on a disease model. He was solely focusing on a cure. This ending paints a more humanizing face onto the zombies, though they seem animalistic and are definitely dangerous.

That said, having Dr. Neville not die in the end seems a bit of the maudlin ending we’d expect from Hollywood. In fact, I’m quite surprised that they chose to go with the theatrical ending. All big movies like these are test-screened by focus group audiences. And given that the average moviegoer prefers a happy ending, it’s very curious that they approved the theatrical conclusion.

With the talk of a sequel in the works, I’m wondering what version the producers will go with. I’m guessing the theatrical version, since Will Smith has already said he won’t be returning.

Fun ending to watch, nonetheless.

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