|GT500 Stars in I Am Legend
On December 14th a 2007 Shelby Mustang GT500 in red with signature white stripes will chew up the streets of New York City in I Am Legend, starring Will Smith.
"There is no doubt that the Shelby Mustang GT500 is the costar of the first part of this story," said Brian Daly of Ford Global Brand Entertainment (FGBE), which places Ford vehicles in movies, TV and other media. "Smith plays the sole survivor of an apocalypse who races around the deserted, gray, empty streets in this fantastic bright red Mustang. The sequences are incredible."
"The producers knew they wanted an American-made vehicle and the Shelby Mustang was perfect casting," he said. "But I also knew Chrysler and GM were making pitches. I kept imagining the folks at Chevy piecing together all kinds of prototypes to get those scenes."
Smith plays a brilliant scientist named Robert Neville who is the last human surivor living in New York City after a devastating man made plague wiped out civilization. Unfortunately he is not alone as mutant victims of the virus lurk in the shadows waiting for him to make a mistake. Neville's only chance is to somehow reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. Throughout the early stages of the movie Neville blasts around the streets in various Ford vehicles including the GT500, a Ford Expedition and a Ford Escape Hybrid. This isn't the first version of Richard Matheson's classic 1954 science fiction novel to feature a red Ford vehicle. A 1971 adaptation called The Omega Man put Charlton Heston behind the wheel of a bright red 1970 Ford LTD.
"The shots of the Mustang blasting around totally traffic-free New York will be the envy of every urban driver. I lost myself in that dream just with the sound of that car growling through the city streets." says Los Angeles Times reporter Josh Hancock
I Am Legend Trailer (with GT500)
I Am Legend Official Site
Carroll Shelby Speaks about the GT500 KR History
2007 Shelby GT500 Pictures
2007 Shelby GT500 Specifications