Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman took to Twitter on Monday to quash a conspiracy theory, centered on his Warner Bros. movie. from 2007, I’m a legend.
The theory, which has been circulating at least since the start of this year, says the fictional thriller is set in 2021, and that Covid-19 vaccines created its mutant epidemic.
“Oh. My.God. It’s a movie,” Goldsman tweeted Monday. “I made that up. Sound. Not. Real.”
The Oscar winner was responding specifically to writer and podcaster Marc Bernardin, who previously tweeted: “Us. Are. All. By going. TO. Pass away. Earlier. That. We. Should.”
Bernardin’s comments referred to an August 6 New York Times article – “One Company’s Struggle to Vaccinate All Its Employees” – which alluded to an employee of a Bronx eyewear company who had joined. the theory.
The Snopes fact-checking website reported the I’m a legend The Covid Vaccine Conspiracy Theory in January, noting that it is false, in all respects.
“It’s hard to find a claim with as many factual errors as this one,” Dan Evon wrote in the post.
I’m a legend centers on Robert Neville (Will Smith), a US Army virologist who believes himself to be the only survivor in New York City, years after a plague killed most of humanity and turned the rest into mutants, battling valiantly to find a cure.
Like Snopes and the New York Times Bernardin’s referenced article both noted, the plague in the film was caused by a genetically reprogrammed virus, rather than a vaccine.
Francis Lawrence directed the film, based on the 1954 novel of the same name by Richard Matheson. Goldsman wrote the screenplay with Mark Protosevich.
Bernardin’s message and Goldsman’s response can be viewed by clicking below.
We. Are. All. By going. TO. Pass away.
Earlier. That. We. Should. https://t.co/DqMKTkSxbr
– Marc Bernardin (@marcbernardin) August 9, 2021