Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend Screenplay

I am Legend

Author: Matheson, Richard/ Dawidziak, Mark (EDT)
Publisher: Gauntlet Pr
Publication Date: 2012/11/15
Number of Pages: 326
Binding Type: PAPERBACK


While there have been three adaptations of Richard Matheson’s classic novel I AM LEGEND none of the scripts have followed the novel. Matheson wrote a script in the 1950s which did. It was purchased by Hammer Films in England. However, both the British and U.S. censor boards wanted extensive alterations that neither Matheson nor Hammer Films were willing to make.

RICHARD MATHESON’S CENSORED AND UNPRODUCED I AM LEGEND SCREENPLAY is the script Matheson wrote and how he envisioned his novel being filmed. The book includes the script, history of the screenplay as well as the U.S. Censor Board letter outlining their objections.

Author: Mark Dawidziak

Mark Dawidziak is the author or editor of about 25 books, including three studies of landmark television series: The Columbo Phile: A Casebook, The Night Stalker Companion and Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone, his lighthearted 2017 tribute to Rod Serling’s classic anthology series. He also is an internationally recognized Mark Twain scholar, and five of his books are about the iconic American writer. He spent 43 years as a television, film and theater critic at such newspapers as the Akron Beacon Journal and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. His work on the horror side of the street also includes the novel Grave Secrets, The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Dracula, short stories, and comic book scripts. He lives in Ohio.