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Ever have one of those days when you feel like you're fading away? That's certainly a problem facing the hero of the sci-fi story 'The Shrinking Man.' He is near simultaneously exposed to radiation and insecticide, a combination that causes him to, you guessed it, shrink. The story was written by legendary author Richard Matheson, and was adapted into the film 'The Incredible Shrinking Man' in 1957. Now, MGM, which acquired the rights to the novel from Universal when they lapsed over the summer, is planning a contemporary remake. Matheson himself, now 87, will pen the screenplay along with his son Richard Matheson, Jr. Though comedic iterations of this same idea have appeared in several films since 1957's 'The Incredible Shrinking Man,' the senior Matheson stresses that the new version will not be a comedy. The last Matheson story to be adapted into a film was 2011's 'Real Steel.'
So, MGM has finally run out of their own properties to remake and now they're snatching up catalog titles from other studios? They are already planning remakes of 'The Magnificent Seven,' 'WarGames,' and 'Ben-Hur' just to name a few. Regardless, it is not the studio banner nor even the original film that has me interested in this remake. It is the writer. Richard Matheson is a living icon of science-fiction, and a personal hero of mine. Obviously, it is a fallacy to judge a writer on the films that are adapted from his works, but it was Steven Spielberg's 'Duel' that first introduced me to Matheson; in so much as I loved the movie to such a degree that I immediately sought out the creator of the story on which it was based. Then I found out that he had written some of my absolute favorite episodes of 'The Twilight Zone:' 'Night Call,' 'Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,' and 'The Invaders.' He wrote the novel 'I Am Legend,' my favorite adaptation of which would be Vincent Price's 'The Last Man on Earth.' I am so thrilled that not only is Matheson still working, but he's also going to be the guiding force in this remake. I'm also glad to see that he wants to take the comedy out and, craft, in his words, an "existential action movie."
What do you guys think? Would you be interested in an 'Incredible Shrinking Man' remake? Any Matheson fans out there excited that he'll be taking the lead on this?