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?
Hollywood has been making films based on Richard Matheson's fiction for more than 50 years. His novel I Am Legend produced not one but three flicks, and the latest adaptation of his work—Real Steel—opens Friday.
It's okay for a film to modify a book a little for the sake of the medium. Heck, if they made A Tale of Two Cities into a movie today we'd expect at least 10 explosions and a hostage standoff. But in the case of some sci-fi films, the book's ending was completely thrown out in favor of a new plot twist.