Richard Matheson's The Incredible Shrinking Man novel is heading back to the big screen with Matheson and his son attached to adapt the book. MGM made the deal for the film rights, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with the idea of updating the story to contemporary times while remaining true to the original story.
In a statement to THR, Matheson (who will also serve as a producer on the film) said, "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."
The synopsis courtesy of MacMillan publishing: "Inch by inch, day by day, Scott Carey is getting smaller. Once an unremarkable husband and father, Scott finds himself shrinking with no end in sight. His wife and family turn into unreachable giants, the family cat becomes a predatory menace, and Scott must struggle to survive in a world that seems to be growing ever larger and more perilous--until he faces the ultimate limits of fear and existence."
The Incredible Shrinking Man was originally made into a motion picture back in 1957. That version was directed by Jack Arnold and starred Grant Williams and Randy Stuart. Other films based on Matheson's works include The Box (based on Matheson's Button, Button), Real Steel, I Am Legend, Stir of Echoes, What Dreams May Come, Twilight Zone: The Movie, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Somewhere in Time, The Legend of Hell House, The Omega Man, Cold Sweat, The Young Warriors, and The Last Man on Earth.