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"I Am Legend" is a Metaphor for AIDS

Posted: January 16th, 2007 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"I Am Legend" is a Metaphor for AIDSSubmit Comment
New York Times posted an article about the history of the upcoming film "I Am Legend." That statement might be a paradox. While they go into great detail, here are some parts that I thought were interesting. But to get a better idea of what the film is all about, read the entire article, by clicking on the link below.

The story is set in 2009, three years after something called the KV virus, developed in a laboratory but mutated out of control, has created a planet of bloodthirsty but still recognizably human freaks. Neville (Will Smith), a former military scientist, has not been infected and is trying to find a cure for the pandemic. Manhattan had been quarantined back in 2006, and as far as Neville knows he is the only human left on the island, if not the world.

"I Am Legend" was close to a start date in 1997, with Ridley Scott directing Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the studio pulled the plug when the budget climbed over $100 million, a huge sum at the time. Then, in 2002, Michael Bay and Will Smith were set to hook up, but that pairing also fell through.

"There have been issues with the budget, script issues between director and actors, directors and the studio, even issues with what the creatures should look like," said director Francis Lawrence.

Apparently the virus in the film is a metaphor for today's problems, just like the original, which tried to show the issues of its time, which were environmental.

"There is a little bit of an AIDS metaphor here, especially in terms of dealing with the infected, because the people Neville deals with are infected," said Lawrence. "They’re not dead, they’re not vampires, they have a chronic disease."

Warner Bros. Pictures has scheduled "I Am Legend" to hit theaters on December 14th, 2007.

Click here to read more about "I Am Legend."

Click here to read the entire article

Source: New York Times


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