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Third Time a Charm for Matheson Adaptation?

Richard Matheson's novels and short stories have been turned into some of the best films and television works in the field of dark fantasy. Not surprisingly in a career that has spanned some fifty years, certain adaptations of his work have come off better than others.

"I Am Legend" has long been a thorn in the side of his avid readers. Filmed once in 1964 under the title "The Last Man on Earth," starring Vincent Price, and again in 1971 as "Omega Man," starring Charlton Heston, Matheson's much-talked-about novel has never been properly adapted.

Whether or not that's about to change has yet to be determined, but according to Dark Horizons, "Constantine" director Francis Lawrence has committed to lensing a worthy--or at least updated--version of the great vampire novel, based on a script by "The Cell" writer, Mark Protosevich. Filming should begin sometime in 2006.

Some promise lies in the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger apparently is no longer tied to the project, as he once was rumored to be. Perhaps California's loss is horror cinema's gain.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on September 15, 2005 11:12 PM
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