Author Richard Matheson (and Son) to Adapt Own ‘Shrinking Man’ for Modern Times

The Incredible Shrinking Man

The reboot monster chugs on, but at least this one has its creator behind its resurgence. THR reports that beloved sci-fi author Richard Matheson will again adapt his own “The Shrinking Man” for the big screen, alongside his son, Richard Matheson Jr. The pair have been set to the task by MGM, who have just acquired the rights to Matheson’s classic novel.

Matheson has already adapted his own work for the screen with 1957’s The Incredible Shrinking Man. While Matheson’s works have been given the cinematic treatment many times over the years – including Real Steel, I Am Legend, and The Box – he has not recently directly collaborated on many of the screenplays that are based on his work. The Matheson men will “[keep] the tone of the original story but [udpate] it to modern times.” The outlet also reports that the tale of a radiation-exposed man who suddenly begins to shrink will be modernized to include current technology, most notably nanotechnology.

Matheson (the elder) himself says the new project will be “an existential action movie,” explaining that the “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.” So, it’s going to include stuff about Twitter, right?

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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