The Kidd here...
MGM seems to have figured out the path back from near financial ruin - reboot, remake and... well, reboot some more. I mean, if audiences are going to keep paying to rehash these concepts that, in nearly every case, are inferior to the original films, then why not keep churning them out? After all, developing original ideas costs money.
And this is why we can't have nice things.
However, their latest reboot property is rather interesting, as The Hollywood Reporter reports that MGM has picked up the rights to The Shrinking Man, Richard Matheson's sci-fi classic that was the basis for 1957's THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN. What makes this retelling of the story most interesting though is that MGM has hired Matheson and his son Richard Matheson Jr. to pen the screenplay. The original told the tale of a man who was exposed to radiation and insecticide, and, as a result, began to shrink. That much will still be the case, with the Matheson's updating the film to reflect modern society, taking into account nanotechnology and the like. As for why a bit of modernization can work while keeping the essence of the story, Matheson told THR, "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.”
I'm typically not a fan of the reboot approach, but this definitely has some serious potential.
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