Not being a fan of the Oceans franchise, it looks like I'm going to have to wait for the Internet premiere of the I Am Legend trailer, but according to a report on Collider.com, the world at large will get its first look at the Will Smith horror/action flick when Ocean's 13, the third installment in the series, makes its U.S. premiere on June 8. I Am Legend, of course, features Smith as the apparent lone survivor of a plague that has decimated the world and turned many of its victims into vampires.

Personally, I'm looking forward to a look at this one. Richard Matheson's novel of the same name is considered by many (myself included) to be one of the greatest horror novels of all time, and its one of those classics I re-read every few years. This apocalyptic vision of the future served as the unofficial inspiration for George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, and has been officially adapted twice, once in 1964 as The Last Man on Earth which starred Vincent Price, and once as The Omega Man with Charlton Heston playing the lead. Both films are worth seeking out on DVD, and the former is my favorite of the two, but shop carefully as there are several faded and scratched public domain versions of The Last Man on Earth out there. I'm just hoping this new film version will retain the solemn atmosphere of the novel and we don't see Smith's standard action hero persona. I Am Legend will hit U.S. theaters on December 14.
categories Cinematical