At a recent press junket, to promote his new film "Ali", Will Smith confirmed that he is looking at starring in WB's action/horror "I Am Legend". The film focuses on the last man on Earth who has to deal with a planet filled with blood-thirsty vampires. The film would reunite Smith with his "Bad Boys" director Michael Bay. Bay, coming off the box office success (but critically lambasted) "Pearl Harbor", is said to be very anxious to do a non-Disney film. His last three movies were all produced by Disney ("The Rock", "Armageddon", and "Pearl Harbor"). Apparently, there is a lot of bad blood between Bay and some of the execs (namely Michael Eisner) at the house that Walt built. "I Am Legend" had been languishing in development hell for years. At one time it was to star Arnold Schwartzenegger, with director Ridley Scott at the helm. Apparently, WB shelved it because Scott couldn't bring the budget down to under $100 million. With Bay now attached, I'll be surprised if it only costs them $100 million. Despite the fact that critics love to hate his movies, Bay has yet to direct a box office dud. "Pearl Harbor" has earned over $450 million worldwide thus far, despite many critics labeling it as one of the year's worst movies. If all goes well (in terms of the contract signings), expect this one to go before cameras either this spring or sometime next summer. Add this one to the growing list of potential 2003 releases. Personally, I'm hoping that WB nabs Rick Baker for the makeup FX for the film's vampires. Now that would be cool.