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I Am Legend Dreamcast Mark II

I Am Legend book cover art

Okay, as promised, here we are back with another revamped Dreamcast. This time around it’s Richard Matheson’s vampire classic, I Am Legend. Which has one of the most chilling opening lines ever: “On those cloudy days, Robert Neville was never sure when sunset came, and sometimes they were in the streets before he could get back.” Love it.

Now, when we first did this Dreamcast ages and ages ago we told you they were going to screw it up, and I’ve seen the trailer and it’s guilty until proven innocent as far as I’m concerned. I’ve got nothing against Will Smith, mind you. Smith looks like he might actually play a serious Neville and not, as reader Kede put it, ID4 Am Legend. However, I read a draft of the screenplay they decided to write for when Schwarzenegger was attached to play Neville and it was dreadful. And I somehow doubt that Akiva Goldsman (I, Robot, Batman and Robin) has done much to improve it. I would love to be proven wrong. But it’s rare.

So here we are. You know the drill. Two casts. How we would do it given the constraints of who we have on hand today and another Ultimate DreamCast where we bend the rules of space/time and can snatch anyone from anywhere and cast them.

Before we get started, these DreamCasts may contain spoilers. So if you have not read the book, you go fix that right now, yes? Also, yet again, comment spam bastards will swoop in just like Anthony Zerbe leading a bunch of chalky-white monstrous monks if we open up commenting, so if you’re going to comment, go to the new Gabfest. Hit us up there or at widge sucks at need coffee dot com.

Role DreamCast Ultimate DreamCast

Robert Neville Mel Gibson William Holden, Late 1950s
Ben Cortman Michael Ironside Richard Widmark, circa Kiss of Death
Virginia Neville Jeanne Tripplehorn Patricia Neal, circa The Day the Earth Stood Still
Kathy Neville Abigail Breslin Kirsten Dunst, circa Interview With the Vampire
Ruth Thora Birch Heather Graham, late 90s
Directed by Ridley Scott Alfred Hitchcock

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Explanations are forthcoming…

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