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I Am Legend Reboot Is Happening In A Most Illogical Way

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i am legendRichard Matheson‘s 1954 novel I Am Legend has already been turned into three different movies of differing values, and despite years of trying to figure out a way to spin a follow-up to Francis Lawrence’s 2007 adaptation, Warner Bros. is now just doing away with all ideas of prequels and sequels and is just rebooting the entire damned thing. I believe that’s called “the old Hollywood college try.”

The thing is, they’re not even going with a piece of fiction that started its life as an I Am Legend movie. Warner is actually tasking screenwriter Gary Graham with rewriting his own screenplay, A Garden at the End of the World, to mesh with the I Am Legend mythos. Warner fought hard to acquire Graham’s spec script back in April, after he posted it on the Black List website and made waves. Graham was brought back to the studio to polish it up, but producers widened their minds and realized there were enough similarities between A Garden at the End of the World and I Am Legend that a retrofitting wasn’t out of the question. It must be fantastic for a writer to hear that his original work is just good enough to become the fourth iteration of something else.

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I Am Legend Sequel And Prequel Ideas Are Anything But Legendary

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If you haven’t seen I Am Legend yet, then you probably never will. However, you should still be warned that a few spoilers show up in the story below. Here’s your first one: The second half is terrible.

i am legendLast week, the occasionally acclaimed screenwriter Akiva Goldsman gave an interview with io9 about his directorial debut, an adaptation of Mark Helprin’s beloved novel Winter’s Tale. He also talked a little bit about another beloved novel, Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend, and he mentioned a few ideas that would have gone into the potential prequel and sequel that were supposed to happen. We would have gotten to this story sooner, dear readers, but Goldsman’s words were so bizarre that we all blacked out at the same time and only recently awoke. I certainly hope the site has autonomously been posting things on our behalf.

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Minimalist Book Covers For 2001, Dune, Neuromancer, And More

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2001The whole “minimalist art” thing has been applied to pop culture and science fiction quite a bit in recent years. There’s just something appealing about trying to break down an object or idea into its most basic components, to try and evoke its essence with as few elements as possible. We’ve seen the concept applied to iconic sci-fi weapons, famous scientists, and even the Doctor’s sonic screwdrivers. The latest spin on the idea: minimalist book cover designs for some of the genre’s most noteworthy tomes.

The minimalist designs are courtesy of graphic designer Nicolas Beaujouan, and are part of his so-called “Ultimate Geek Selection.” Up above we’ve got the ominous electronic eye of HAL 9000 from Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey — a pretty obvious choice, but a good one nonetheless. Some of Beaujouan’s other choices are similarly easy to grasp, such as H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness or Max Brooks’ World War Z.

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Richard Matheson To Receive Posthumous Visionary Award At 2013 Saturn Awards

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mathesonRichard Matheson had been writing and scaring the shit out of people since the early 1950s, and even though his work in his later years wasn’t nearly as memorable within the sci-fi and horror culture, his most classic works still stand heads above 90% of the claptrap out there. As well, his simplistic form of prose is accessible to just about everyone. I Am Legend and Hell House are two frightening books whose cinematic adaptations couldn’t compare to the emotions Matheson’s words provoked, though his Twilight Zone episodes are almost all classics.

So why is it that Matheson’s lengthy career has never inspired the genre-friendly Saturn Awards to present the writer with their honorary Visionary Award? That may never be known, but at least the Academy of Science Fiction, Horror & Fantasy Films is trying to recognize their past failures by awarding him with the honor at the Awards’ 39th annual celebration on June 26. Unfortunately, Matheson passed away Monday, June 24, at the age of 87, so the honor is a posthumously presented one. Dammit, Saturn Awards, why couldn’t you have done this in any of the past 39 years, seeing as how Matheson was pretty much eligible the entire time?

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I Am Legend/Twilight Zone Writer Richard Matheson Is Dead At The Age Of 87

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MathesonI would really like to make it longer than two weeks without having to write an obituary for a mega-talented genre writer, because we’re falling into an all-too-familiar pattern here of late. First we lost Jack Vance, then — far, far too young — Iain M. Banks, and now today comes the news that Richard Matheson, author of I Am Legend and many, many other things, has passed away at the age of 87.

While we’ve all got a death in our ledger, it’s at least nice to see a situation like Matheson, who lived to an old age and leaves behind a collection of work any writer would be proud of. Matheson had apparently been ill for a while, and finally passed away yesterday. Shock Till You Drop shared the following comment from Matheson’s daughter, Ali:

My beloved father passed away yesterday at home surrounded by the people and things he loved…he was funny, brilliant, loving, generous, kind, creative, and the most wonderful father ever…I miss you and love you forever Pop and I know you are now happy and healthy in a beautiful place full of love and joy you always knew was there…

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Lego Invades Theatrical Posters For Prometheus, Inception And More

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inceptionWe’ve featured some of the most mind-numbingly awesome Lego creations on this site in the past, because Legos remain cool while other toys go the way of the dinosaurs. (But not, incidentally, the way of dinosaur-inspired Minecraft creations.)

And since building-block creations are always more fun with movie tie-ins, here are a handful of Lego-tized theatrical posters for your viewing pleasure. Though there are a bunch more, these are the ones concerning themselves with the science fiction genre. Sadly, no creators are named, so it’s unclear whether this is the work of one person or an entire community. (Or even one miniature figure with Photoshop.) Take a look at more below and contemplate how much better Cowboys and Aliens would have been as a Lego movie.