Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Vampires… Damn it!

I have just read on that a new version of the excellent novel “I am Legend” by Richard Matheson is due to be filmed by the director of Constantine.

To quote, this is what they have said:

“The story has been filmed before – once with Vincent Price in 1964 (as The Last Man On Earth) and once with Charlton Heston in The Omega Man in 1971. Neither really satisfied fans of the book, however, who are hoping that this version will stick more closely to the novel's plot.This most recent version seems pretty faithful – it's set in Los Angeles after a biological war that has turned most of the human race into daylight-hating mutants.”

Faithful! Faithful my arse! The “daylight-hating mutants” should be damn vampires! In The Omega Man they were mutants, but since the whole book is a careful study of the realistic practicalities of vampires, I don’t see how making the creatures’ mutants again will turn this into a more faithful adaptation.

Come on, this has the potential to be a fantastic film. Make the damn book properly!

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