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

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:

So what do you think? Would you have preferred this to the Will Smith version?

(Via Comic Book Movie)

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