An evacuation sequence in "I Am Legend" is reported to cost $5 million, becoming "the most expensive scene ever shot in New York."
Sure it's a common thing to hear a film feature made with a handful of $5 million, but to learn about a scene costing the same number undeniably is an uncommon one to accept, and that probably can only be found in Warner Bros. Pictures' action horror flick "I Am Legend."
Reports said that filmmakers of the movie have spent a minimum cost of the amount to shoot one scene depicting a massive evacuation from the spreading vampire-zombie plague on New York City's Brooklyn Bridge. Dubbed "the most expensive scene ever shot in New York", the sequence was filmed over the course of six nights in January, involving no less than a crew of 250, the assistance of 14 government agencies, and a cast of 1,000 extras, including 160 members of the National Guard.
"The physical scale of the Brooklyn Bridge scene was the most daunting," location manager Paul Kramer admitted. "There were so many moving parts."
Set for a December 14, 2007 release, "Legend" is based on Richard Matheson's novel of the same title telling about a brilliant scientist named Robert Neville who finds himself to be the last human survivor in New York City after an unstoppable, incurable virus turns the city's dwellers unto carnivorous beings. "Constantine" director Francis Lawrence directs from script written by Akiva Goldsman who also produces along with David Heyman, Neal Moritz, and Erwin Stoff.