Author and sci-fi legend Richard Matheson (Duel, I Am Legend) is planning a 21st century, post-Cold War remake of the cult classic film The Incredible Shrinking Man, which was based on his novel.
The 87 year old Matheson will be assisted by his son: Richard Matheson, Jr., and will be developing the film for MGM, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Matheson considers this iteration of his story “an existential action movie.” (whatever that means). Though the issues which inspired the original story are no longer relevant (and the protagonist no longer shrinks due to radiation exposure), Matheson believes that the essential themes behind his updated version still resonate in the modern world…perhaps even more so now:
“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.”
Universal, who made the original Incredible Shrinking Man, apparently spent years trying to get a remake off the ground, but was unable to do so before the rights to the story lapsed….We’ll just have to wait and see if MGM has better luck.