Alternate ‘I Am Legend’ Ending Is Far Superior

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 17th, 2012 at 2:38 pm,

alternate i am legend ending Alternate I Am Legend Ending Is Far Superior

This alternate ending to I Am Legend is (IMHO) far superior to the abrupt version in the theatrical release, and fits in better with something that happens in the film about midway through.

At one point in the movie when Will Smith’s character took the lead zombie’s mate away from them, the zombie reacted with extreme rage, indicating that there was some vestige of humanity left in them. But throughout the rest of the movie we never saw any more hint of that, which felt… “unfinished.”

Well this clip addresses that very nicely, plus ( —— SPOILER ALERT —— ) doesn’t have that nihilistic ending with Will Smith dying. I don’t know why they didn’t go with this ending… maybe they thought it was too cliched for Will Smith to survive – but in this case I think it would only have made the film better.


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  1. I’m incredibly late to this game, but WOW, yeah, so much of a better ending this one have made.

    • Not later than me lol. But yeah, much better. Not just bc Will Smith’s character survives, just with the bleakness of the movie, I feel this ending was way more satisfying.

  2. Wow! I am impressed! That indeed seems like an a lot better ending!

  3. They should have pulled the pin on making the movie in the first place.

  4. Love this movie and there is no doubt that this is the correct ending. May the original producers live in eternal shame.

  5. I’m sorry but this ending is silly. C’mon. These diseased creatures all of a sudden sprout emotions after they kill everything around them? Nah, screw that. Even if they did, I’d still blow them all up to alpha bits after extracting that cure. Again, sorry.

    • You do realize this was the original ending of the book? And the whole point the author was trying to make, don’t be blinded by hate and fear. Will Smith’s character had this one track, stubborn mind that “OMG VAMPIRE ZOMBIES ARE BAD!!”.

      The irony is at the end of the novel, he himself had turned into monster against the vampires. All of it could have been avoided if he took the time to understand they did have humanity.

      • I agree with guy above, if message was that these monsters had humanity why did it take wiping out nearly 6 billion people for it to ever show up for them to be reasonable at all. They might have showed small signs of humanity but how would that change anything when nearly wiped out human population and rest of them don’t even care. Not sure how any of it would have been avoid if vampire zombies are still trying to kill him at end. This ending goes over top of corny ending when doesn’t necessarily mean it was humanity the monster showed. No different than animal and species that live in packs protecting there own, doesn’t mean they won’t turn on person in a second to still hunt there prey, its there nature. I wasn’t big fan of original ending with grenade exploding thought could have done smarter better end but sacrifice of will smith seems essential. It is only in his sacrifice that truly can be viewed as legend, surviving alone as long as he did while being obese with finding cure and go as far to die for humanity if it means saving it. Him delivering cure staying alive is nice ending but just feels too generic, he lit up the darkness for humanity, like bob marely mention still performing despite getting shot he was willing to do what he thought need to be done.

      • When you say “original ending of the book” do you mean Matheson changed the original ending of his novel? Because I just finished the novel (for the third time, it’s one of my favorites) and that is definitely NOT the way the novel ends.

  6. wow, so much better. in addition to eliminating the whole “the last hope for humanity kills himself for no good reason”, it shows that despite everything, humanity still exists somewhere inside these beings, and it is worth saving.

  7. alternate ending is a load of sentimental crap…the original is better. BLOW THEM ALL TO HELL YEAH!!!

  8. OMG this would have definitely improved the movie! Honestly, of the three films (last man on earth, omega man and I am legend, all based on the Legend book), this was certainly not my favorite, but the cinematic release ending was just plain dumb.

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