I Am Legend
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

Everyone who has read Richard Matheson’s book wanted this movie done right. Previous versions featured Vincent Price (Last Man on Earth) and Chuck Heston (The Omega Man). This adaptation was in and out of development for awhile — Arnold Schwarzenegger was attached back before Will Smith took the role of John Neville. When Akiva Goldsman came on board as a writer, he went back to the Protosevich script and collaborated with him on a new draft. Hear a revealing interview with Goldsman on KCRW’s The Business.

I, Robot
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

by Harlan Ellison
Ellison did a good job pulling Isaac Asimov’s stories into a cohesive script, but it was shelved anyway, never to be produced. Fortunately, fans can purchase the screenplay in book form, with many pretty pictures. You’ll have to go to the bookstore for this one. In the summer of 2004, director Alex Proyas brought us a shiny new version starring Will Smith, with a script by Akiva Goldsman.

Buy the illustrated screenplay

Asylum / Batman Vs. Superman
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

by Andrew Kevin Walker and Akiva Goldsman
After several failed attempts to get a new Superman off the ground, this crossover was proposed by Andrew Kevin Walker. It was designed to relaunch both the Superman and Batman franchises. I think it’s a great idea. Sure, they’re both good guys, but as anyone who reads the comics knows, the two heroes have conflicting personalities and ideologies.

This screenplay was scrapped when other (separate) Superman and Batman projects came into favor and attached director Wolfgang Peterson left to do Troy.

Years later, an entirely different film was made, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Read reviews at UGO Screenwriter’s Voice and SupermanHomepage.com

Download the screenplay

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