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.

Source: GameTrailers.com

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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.

  9. Much better and closer to the original movie.

  10. No, neither ending was good. It is completely not believable that creatures that were so revenous for blood that they tortured their own families and bled their own children dry and fished for humans with manequins like baiting a hook would then allow him and the other two to get away at the end just because he let them have the girl back. What SHOULD have been the ending was that Will Smith should have transfused himself up with the cure, then let them all- the big horde- get him at the end- given himself as a sacrifice – but turning the tide on the disease by essentially giving them all- everyone who bit him would injest some- the cure. In a few days, the entire lot of them would start to revert to human and if they were later bitten again, they would already be “infected” with the cure, thus curing their attackers. As a back up plan, the same thing would have happened as the original ending with the woman and child leaving, but it would be understood that if everyone still uninfected was vaccinated with the cure, the cure wold automatically spread even if the uninfected were bitten. That is the logical way it should have ended- with the cure spreading the same way as the disease first started, essentially. Since the entire movie was about the extreme inhumanity of these creatures, it was too late in the last five minutes of the movie to try to make them seem as though they had feelings and cared about anything other than getting blood.

    • You do know that ingestable cures aren’t delivered using the same bodily mechanics as injectables, right? Same goes for inhalants. Just because it goes in your body doesn’t mean your body treats it the same way. It’s more likely that the sick’s digestive juices and intestines would just rip apart the curing agents. This is more likely with more complex things like viruses that aren’t selected for strange pHs or destructive vesicles filled with enzymes.

  11. This ending while satisfying for people who loves good endings, unfortunately totally sucks, becouse it takes the sacrifice away from the protagonist and makes a huge plot contradiction as far as the state of the world goes. I didnt wathced this movie in a theater, instead i had seen it first time in DVD with the extra features and animations. Prior to watching the film the first time (this was one of my most favorite movies by the way, and yes the original ending made me totally sad) I watched the animations packed with the DVD, those animations presented the patients as seeing humans as monsters (kind of the reverse situation. So those patients that are assaulting the doctors basement are actually trying to save the girl from a monsters den and they would have ripped the doctor apart as soon as he stepped out. In the original ending you get that meaning and doctors sacrifice becomes much more powerfull. Becouse the doctor already knew that these “monsters” he is fighting against are actually “patients” and he is a doctor, a devoted one, keen on saving these people. So when he pulled pin on that hand grenade he made a huge sacrifice out of choicelesness, he was desperate and had no alternative, he had to kill all those patients to save the rest of the world, he had to protect the cure he had developed. And he died to protect the cure that would save the world from this epidemic.

  12. I am so happy to have found out about this. After all these years thou!! I read the book after the movie came out, and did not enjoy the ending then, but this one feels better and complete.

  13. Holy crap! Yes, I was so disappointed by how they screwed up the ending to this film. If this is what the filmmaker had orriginally intended, then my regard goes back up a couple of notches.

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