Just the other day I got the invite for the I Am Legend junket here in Los Angeles at the end of the month. They’ll be showing us the film, obviously, but it sounds like they’re going to have to go double time in the editing room to get it finished: I have confirmed that there were reshoots on the movie as late as last week.
What’s not confirmed is what has been reshot. My source tells me that the ending was redone, as the studio wasn’t happy with the finale that director Francis Lawrence had. Since I know that Lawrence’s ending was already unfaithful to Richard Matheson’s original story, I can only imagine that the new ending is more action packed and even more upbeat than before.
This is the kind of thing that makes me look forward to the eventual book about the making of the film or Lawrence’s life; we won’t get the full story as to why the ending had to be changed or why it had to be changed so late in the game during the upcoming press deluge for the film, and nobody will go on the record with the truth for a good long time.