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MGM to Re-Launch 'The Incredible Shrinking Man'

Our society loves science fiction and with that genre very much dominating worldwide headlines recently; think Star Trek into Darkness, Oblivion and Elysium, it isn’t difficult to understand why some studios might want to over saturate the market.  According to THR, the folks at MGM want to re-boot the classic sci-fi feature; The Incredible Shrinking Man.  Richard Matheson, who penned the original screenplay from his own story, is actually involved with this new version’s screenplay in the role of co-producer and co-writer.

In the press release Matheson calls the remake "an existential action movie".  “My original story was a metaphor for how man’s place in the world was diminishing. That still holds today, where all these advancements that are going to save us will be our undoing.”  MGM President Jonathan Glickman chimed in with "The themes of The Shrinking Man continue to be relevant and the Mathesons’ cutting-edge ideas for the adaptation will make for a great film that will play all over the world.”

The original plot was: When Scott Carey begins to shrink because of exposure to a combination of radiation and insecticide, medical science is powerless to help him.

Maybe MGM is trying to create completion for Marvel’s Edgar Rice directed Ant-Man or maybe they actually believe audiences have been waiting over fifty years for this re-boot to finally happen.  You never heard of The Incredible Shrinking Man?  Don’t worry.  Most people under the age of 60 haven’t heard of it either.  Maybe that works out in their favor or maybe it becomes just the latest example of the talking heads lacking the skill-set to go find new ideas and new stories to produce.


Reader Comments (1)

Since the release of the original movie version of 'Shrinking Man' there have been other movies of lone scientist explorers pushing the boundaries of science and their own humanity. A new version could do well to recall "Altered States", Cronenberg's "The Fly", "Hollow Man" and more recently "Splice", and even non sci fi movies like "The Grey" and "The Impossible" in terms of humans against the peril of the scale of nature. The original movie of course still holds up as one of the greats of 50's sci fi, but in this Large Hadron Collider era of exploring the quantum realm, and beyond, it would indeed be interesting to see another, up-to-date cinematic exploration of Matheson's original.

Thursday, February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJ.Bradley

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