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Author Richard Matheson Selling 150 Books, Plays & More for Films

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October 6, 2011
Source: Variety

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The timing couldn't be better for this news with author Richard Matheson having his 1956 short story Steel adapted into the feature film Real Steel hitting theaters this weekend (read my review of the film right here) and more of his stories likely heading to the big screen soon. Variety has word that Matheson is teaming up with his screenwriting son, R.C. Matheson, and a former big time literary agent to shop the author's library of 150 other short stories, books, plays and scripts around Hollywood with the hope to turn some of them into feature films. However, any deals for Matheson's stories come with a catch.

Apparently Matheson, now 85-years old, wants to have a say on what ends up on the big screen. Considering films like What Dreams May Come, A Stir of Echoes, The Incredible Shrinking Man and the most recent adaptation of I Am Legend being based on the author's novels, it's probably not a bad idea to let the old man have a small say on the production of the film just to avoid missing out on a great property. Matheson's legacy in film and TV doesn't stop there with his work inspiring segments in "The Twilight Zone" and "Night Gallery" as well. Studios have already picked up Earthbound and Deus Ex Machina (being developed by Real Steel director Shawn Levy) for film adaptations, but with this new batch there aren't any specific stories mentioned to have caught any studio's eyes. However, if Real Steel hits well enough at the box office this weekend, that might turn some heads towards more of Matheson's work.

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  • Lebowski
    150? Fucking really? He might as well go ahead and just run a giant, day long auction called "RICHARD MATHESON & HIS SON LOVE MONEY". It worked for Damian Hirst, but that was pre-financial crisis.
    • Wolfgangduke
      Why are you slagging off an old man trying to monetize his entire lifes work?  What's wrong with that or are you just an angry 14 yr old with hormonal imbalances? For you to have point at all you have to rage at the money he makes from print too? Twit.
  • Craig
    I didn't even know this guy was still alive. Cool.
    • Anonymous
      Yep.  He's still here, and still writing--his newest novel came out a couple of months ago.
  • pottisher
    Wasn't "The Box" the most recent adaptation of one of his works?...anyway, this is awesome, matheson and philip dick are movie goldmines
  • Walker
     Steven Spielberg's 1973 TV movie "Duel" was another Matheson inspired work. Still room for another movie version of "I Am Legend." A version that would use the novel's ending.
  • Anonymous
    Hollywood needs all the decent story ideas it can get.

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