Might tiny humans be the next big-screen trend? Probably not, but there are a couple of them headed toward the big screen in the near(ish) future. As Marvel readies Ant-Man, MGM has acquired the rights to The Shrinking Man, the classic sci-fi novel by Richard Matheson. The same source material inspired the 1957 movie The Incredible Shrinking Man, so it’s a reboot of sorts.

To help bring the story to life, the studio has hired two writers who should be intimately familiar with the original book. The 86-year-old Matheson will pen the screenplay with his son Richard Matheson Jr., updating the plot to keep up with the times. More details after the jump.

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Richard Matheson may not be a name that rings a bell, but chances are you’re familiar with some of his works. Matheson is the author behind the source material for such films as I Am Legend (which has actually spawned three big-screen versions), What Dreams May Come, The Box, and this weekend’s robot boxing picture Real Steel. Now the writer and his screenwriter son, R.C. Matheson, are looking to sell some 150 of the elder Matheson’s stories, books, plays, and scripts for potential film and TV adaptations. More details after the jump.

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Hugh Jackman in Talks For Real Steel

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Hugh Jackman is in talks to star in Shawn Levy‘s futuristic robot boxing movie Real Steel. The film tells the story of a father and his estranged 13-year-old son who enter the world of robotic boxing. You see, in the future, human boxing has been outlawed, replaced with sports combat between human-trained 2000-pound heavy steel robots.

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I Am Legend Sequel?

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I Am Legend screenwriter Mark Protosevich is already talking about a potential sequel. The LA Times writes:

“There is no word yet on how Protosevich plans to extend the story of lone military scientist Robert Neville’s struggle to survive against a mutant populace. But it’s a good bet that he’s setting it at least 10 years in the future.”

Of course, a sequel all depends on the box office success of the first film. I Am Legend is a modern day adaptation of the classic 1954 science fiction novel by Richard Matheson. Will Smith stars as Robert Neville, a former scientist who is the last uninfected human in Manhattan, if not the world. Warner Bros has been developing the project since 1994. At one point Ridley Scott was attached to direct while Arnold Schwarzenegger was in talks to star. I Am Legend hits theaters on December 14, 2007.

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