Watch a concept clip from Ridley Scott's aborted 1997 I Am Legend

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Richard Matheson's 1954 novel I Am Legend has been adapted for the big screen a few times, most recently in the 2007 Will Smith flick of the same name. But did you know Ridley Scott tried to get a Legend movie off the ground in 1997, and got so far along that some freaky vampire concept footage was made?
Scott, of Blade Runner and Alien fame, was having a bit of a down period in the late '90s, and hoped a team-up with would-be-star Arnold Schwarzenegger for I Am Legend would be the project to get him back on top. But his artistic take on the film proved a little too out there for the studio.
Coupled with a ballooning budget, the movie was eventually shelved—and it stayed there until director Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) finally got it rolling with Smith as the star.
But, way back in the mid-to-late '90s, Ridley Scott had gotten the effects gurus at Amalgamated Dynamics to mock up some ideas for his version of the vampire creatures that would've been featured in the film.
Check out their work in the clip below:

 

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Would've sucked. By the late 90s people had had it with Arnie in serious roles. No director could figure out how to make it work.

80s: People liked watching him kick ass, and laughed a little at his dumb accent and catch phrases.

Total Recall + T2 + True Lies: Not entirely serious roles. People liked the self-parody.

Eraser and everything after: taken seriously and failed.

No one would have tolerated watching him tard all over Heston's character.
 

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Last Action Hero was trashed when it came out but after watching it a few times over the years.. its not a bad movie at all.

Great action sequences. Arnold at the height of his career. The great Anthony Quinn. Good cameos.

Just a fun movie to watch.
 

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Last Action Hero was trashed when it came out but after watching it a few times over the years.. its not a bad movie at all.

Great action sequences. Arnold at the height of his career. The great Anthony Quinn. Good cameos.

Just a fun movie to watch.
As was End of Days and 6th Day.

I have an easy time visualizing Arnold as Neville.

With a good script and a strong director it could have been pulled off.
 

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As was End of Days and 6th Day.

I have an easy time visualizing Arnold as Neville.

With a good script and a strong director it could have been pulled off.

I would have loved to have seen James Cameron and Arnold taking a stab at "I am Legend"

Nothing beats Cameron's chase sequences.
 

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Would've sucked. By the late 90s people had had it with Arnie in serious roles. No director could figure out how to make it work.

80s: People liked watching him kick ass, and laughed a little at his dumb accent and catch phrases.

Total Recall + T2 + True Lies: Not entirely serious roles. People liked the self-parody.

Eraser and everything after: taken seriously and failed.

No one would have tolerated watching him tard all over Heston's character.
Imagine if the Schwarzenegger/Oliver Stone version of Planet of the Apes had actually gotten made. Holy fuck that script sounded like an atrocity. Crazy shit with cryogenically frozen apes, future plagues, bible codes and pregnant time travelers giving birth to the human race.
 

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Imagine if the Schwarzenegger/Oliver Stone version of Planet of the Apes had actually gotten made. Holy fuck that script sounded like an atrocity. Crazy shit with cryogenically frozen apes, future plagues, bible codes and pregnant time travelers giving birth to the human race.
It couldn't be any worse than Tim Burton's piece of shit remake.
 

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Maybe they wouldn't have completely changed the ending like the most recent version did. The title of the story is explained in that final chapter in the book.