Richard Matheson is somewhat of a hero to me. He’s authored a lot of contemporary science fiction, and a number in particular became Twilight Zone episodes (in both the original series and the relaunches since)–which happens to be one of my favorite SciFi shows of all time. He wrote episodes like “Third from the Sun”, “Nick of Time”, “The Invaders” and a whole bunch of others. He was the most adapted author on that TV series. Outside of Serling, he pretty much was The Twilight Zone.
The particular story of I Am Legend was most notably done in cinema in the 70s under the title of The Omega Man. It was supposedly a loose interpretation of the book, but that seems to have been the case with a lot of 60s-70s stories. Planet of the Apes, for instance, bears little resemblance to the book outside of the basic plot of a planet being populated by very smart apes and “dumb” humans. Of course, that movie is a bit more of a classic flick than The Omega Man.
Anyhoo, needless to say I can’t wait for this movie. I haven’t read the book yet, and I plan on doing that before this particular piece of cinema comes out. It comes out around Christmas, so I have a bit of time. Of course, as always, that time will sneak up on me. Why is it that time seems to pass quicker the older you get? 😛 lol.