MGM Rebooting 'Shrinking Man' with Sci-Fi Author Richard Matheson
Science fiction author Richard Matheson is about to turn 87 years old, but he's far from retirement. THR reports that Matheson and his son, Richard Matheson, Jr., will co-write a screenplay for a new film adaptation of the elder's 1956 story The Shrinking Man. The book has been adapted before, most famously in the iconic 1957 movie The Incredible Shrinking Man, and there had been talk of Eddie Murphy starring in a comedic version for Brett Ratner, but thankfully that never came to pass. Now MGM scooped up the rights after they lapsed at Universal and this new adaptation will be updated for modern audiences.
The original story was conceived when fear of the atomic bomb was a constant in American society, so the story involved a man who was exposed to a cloud of radiation and began steadily shrinking a few months later. His relationship with his wife is strained, he becomes a hyped media sensation, and ultimately shrinks so small that he has to battle a giant spider in his own basement. Matheson calls the project "an existential action movie," and having seen the first film, I can attest that there are a ton of possibilities for action.
The author's work has been turned into recent blockbusters like Real Steel and I Am Legend, and he also wrote the screenplay for the original film. It's really cool to see this project come back to Hollywood over fifty years later and have the original author still be around to tackle an updated version, and since the story is in such good hands, we're sure that the Matheson family will bring us something action-packed without sacrificing the powerful themes of the original. Looking forward to this one?