I know this project is in the works at Warners for years, Ridley Scott was doing it with Arnold Schwarzenegger starring as Neville in the late 90's. And I know that Will was going to star as Neville with Michael Bay helming, BUT, Will had never inked a deal. And by the time he got the offer to play the lead again, Francis Lawrence was already at the helm. He joined as producer with Overbrook later, when he was on board to play Richard Neville.
Trust him, it's not gonna be a 2nd WWW. The original script is known for being one of the best never produced (until now) scripts in Hollywood. I just hope they didn't mess around with rewrites done by Akiva Goldsman, John August and Peter Berg... I also think Berg is a great director, so, can't wait! I hope the movie's still gonna have that bizarre, dark and twisted style the original script had...
Sony, don't sweeten this baby for family audiences... pleeeaase!
Anyway, I don't know. I Am Legend (if not dumbed down) and Hancock seem like the best stuff Will has done in a while.
While I don't consider Gabriele Muccino mediocre, I also agree that he should work more with different directors, also looking for the best. 'I, Robot' could've been a memorable movie, Alex Proyas is a great filmmaker (just watch 'The Crow' and 'Dark City'), but... well, Fox isn't the most supportive studio in Hollywood. I've also interviewed Proyas, good guy, agreed in a second to do an interview (per mail).
it depends on how much creative freedom they get from warner bros. and, first of all, in what fashion they wanna tell the story. batman begins, for example, while costing more than 150 million dollars, was really an intelligent character- and plot-driven movie, made in the fashion of an arthouse movie (while still being a blockbuster). i think there CAN be art in huge hollywood blockbusters, it just depends on the script and talent involved.
on the other side, entertainment is an art (to me), never forget that. having said that, i do have sum doubts about i am legend.