MGM Remaking 'Incredible Shrinking Man', Now with Serious Nanotechnology

February 14, 2013


Well, it looks like Ant-Man is no longer the only upcoming film to Honey, I Shrink a Guy.

THR reports that now MGM is getting into the diminishing human game, too, buying the movie rights to Richard Matheson's 1956 sci-fi classic The Shrinking Man and hiring the 87-year-old author and his son script an updated version of the tale, with iPhones or something now used for size comparison. The story will also reportedly be modernized to "reflect advancements such as nanotechnology"; the original shrinking mechanism involved exposure to radiation and insecticide, as it was written when atomic fears were high, and when it was assumed that anything with the word "insect" in it might make you bug-sized.

The novel was first adapted as The Incredible Shrinking Man the year after its publication, and again in 1981 with Joel Schumacher's The Incredible Shrinking Woman, which shifted the origin story to involve experimental perfume--because, women. In that comedic take, Lily Tomlin starred and played several roles, and longtime rights-holders Universal at one point were trying to follow that path again, attaching Eddie Murphy to play a magician shrinking by way of a spell (a different spell than the one that recently left him unable to speak more than a thousand words).

This latest version will not be a comedy but rather, the octogenarian Matheson says, "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." That will become ever more apparent as powerful computers that could be searching for disease cures will instead render a big-ass hairy spider to fight Channing Tatum.

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