Ridley Scott and Arnold Schwarzenegger? Scott is in talks to direct “I Am Legend” for Warner Bros., with Schwarzenegger on board to star for a September start, sources said. No deals are set. “I Am Legend” is based on the Richard Matheson novel about Los Angeles after a biological war. The story centers on the last healthy survivor of the bacterial holocaust who battles against deranged mutants who shun the sun.
The project has been brought to the screen twice before, first in 1964 as “The Last Man on Earth,” with Vincent Price in the lead, and as the basis for the 1971 Charlton Heston starrer “The Omega Man.” Both Tom Cruise and Michael Douglas have been mentioned in connection with the Mark Protosevich scripted project, but Schwarzenegger is the studio’s first choice. The actor, who recently underwent heart surgery, has been looking for a project to start in September. He next stars in Warner Bros.’ franchise “Batman & Robin.”
The move for Scott would be a return to sci-fi fare. He directed “Alien” in 1979 and “Bladerunner” in 1982. He last directed “G.I. Jane” and “White Squall” for Disney. Scott is repped by CAA’s John Ptak and Bryan Lourd. Schwarzenegger is repped by WMA’s Robert Stein.