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Ratner to Shrink Men

04.18.2008

Brett Ratner has emerged as the forerunner for the directing gig on Universal's THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN. Eddie Murphy is attached to star and although formal talks have not yet begun, I might yet be contracted to kill myself. I kid, of course, I'm really just jealous of Ratner.

The film is a new take on the classic 1957 sci-fi horror piece about a dude who begins to shrink and can do nothing to stop what is happening to him. The new version will be a comedic spin that sees a Las Vegas magician put under a spell that causes him to shrink. He will have to find a way to reverse the spell before he gets so small that he "disappears". I don't like to spoil the endings to movies, but at this point I'd conjecture that the ending Ratner is brining to the table will be something like: at five feet Murphy suddenly stops shrinking. Spell seems to have worn off. And not a second too late because robots have invaded planet. Chris Tucker is their leader. Epic battle. Takes place in strip club. Robots don't understand what Tucker is saying. Hilarious conclusions.
Extra Tidbit: Orson Welles did the narration for the trailer for the original SHRINKING MAN.

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9:10AM on 04/22/2008
Wow...this is going to suck hard.

I agree with Vnqshr that Richard Matheson deserves more respect from Hollywood. The best treatment he got in the movies was Last Man on Earth, and he wrote the script for that.

Wow...this is going to suck hard.

I agree with Vnqshr that Richard Matheson deserves more respect from Hollywood. The best treatment he got in the movies was Last Man on Earth, and he wrote the script for that.

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1:51PM on 04/21/2008

GREAT.....

...another comedy about shrunk comedians. Good for Ratner (whom I despise for turning X-Men 3 into a pile of stuff too disgusting to talk about). Seriously, a forerunner? That probably doesn't make sense because nobody else is actually pitching to make this flick! Ratner's the only one running in the f**kin' one-man f**kin' race!!
...another comedy about shrunk comedians. Good for Ratner (whom I despise for turning X-Men 3 into a pile of stuff too disgusting to talk about). Seriously, a forerunner? That probably doesn't make sense because nobody else is actually pitching to make this flick! Ratner's the only one running in the f**kin' one-man f**kin' race!!
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7:00AM on 04/19/2008
As long as excessive makeup isn't needed for Eddie Murphy to be funny (special effects aside), this is fine. I remember hearing about this movie YEARS ago, but I thought it was scrapped. More Desperate Hollywood, eh? Good thing I'm going for my Master's in screenwriting!
As long as excessive makeup isn't needed for Eddie Murphy to be funny (special effects aside), this is fine. I remember hearing about this movie YEARS ago, but I thought it was scrapped. More Desperate Hollywood, eh? Good thing I'm going for my Master's in screenwriting!
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11:00PM on 04/18/2008

Oh dear God...

More proof that world will end in 2012.
More proof that world will end in 2012.
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10:29PM on 04/18/2008
I would actually agree with xrats, that i'd be fine with this, EXCEPT that it's based on a Richard Matheson story. That guy deserves so much better than the I Am Legend remake and this POS. Hell, I almost just skipped over the article because it said "Ratner" and then realised "Shrink Men? oh no. please no."
Gah. The best Matheson film adaptation I've seen so far is The Last Man on Earth with Vincent Price, and that was made back in the 60's!
Give the dude a break! Bring on someone talented
I would actually agree with xrats, that i'd be fine with this, EXCEPT that it's based on a Richard Matheson story. That guy deserves so much better than the I Am Legend remake and this POS. Hell, I almost just skipped over the article because it said "Ratner" and then realised "Shrink Men? oh no. please no."
Gah. The best Matheson film adaptation I've seen so far is The Last Man on Earth with Vincent Price, and that was made back in the 60's!
Give the dude a break! Bring on someone talented that could handle his work!
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10:23PM on 04/18/2008
This truly sucks. I remember seeing the original when I was kind of young, back when I didn't think much of old, black and white movies. And that one held me interested throughout in such a great way, it made me appreciate and think better of black and whites. I even dreamed of being teh one to remake it some day. So this sucks. and hasnt Eddie Murphy already done Meet Dave, where he plays a tiny dude? Why this? why again? and why does it have to be a comedy? small does not equal funny. Look at
This truly sucks. I remember seeing the original when I was kind of young, back when I didn't think much of old, black and white movies. And that one held me interested throughout in such a great way, it made me appreciate and think better of black and whites. I even dreamed of being teh one to remake it some day. So this sucks. and hasnt Eddie Murphy already done Meet Dave, where he plays a tiny dude? Why this? why again? and why does it have to be a comedy? small does not equal funny. Look at Little Man.
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9:58PM on 04/18/2008

what?

Who the hell keeps giving this guy movie directing gigs??? I mean, after X3 who in their right mind...I don't know...this guy should get castrated for ruining one of the best film trilogys (I think) there would have ever been, thanks allot Brett ASSner! Hey STOP hiring this guy to direct your movies or he'll X3 (A.K.A shit on, ruin, destroy...) them, I will never forgive you ASSner.
Who the hell keeps giving this guy movie directing gigs??? I mean, after X3 who in their right mind...I don't know...this guy should get castrated for ruining one of the best film trilogys (I think) there would have ever been, thanks allot Brett ASSner! Hey STOP hiring this guy to direct your movies or he'll X3 (A.K.A shit on, ruin, destroy...) them, I will never forgive you ASSner.
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9:50PM on 04/18/2008
You really made me laugh out loud there James - very well written :)

Actually, I'm kind of keen on Murphy doing this. He can be so funny. However, I'm not marking any calendar dates for viewing yet....
You really made me laugh out loud there James - very well written :)

Actually, I'm kind of keen on Murphy doing this. He can be so funny. However, I'm not marking any calendar dates for viewing yet....
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8:44PM on 04/18/2008
I can't think of a worse pairing than Eddie Murphy and Brett Ratner. Nothing like teaming two of Hollywood's biggest hacks.
I can't think of a worse pairing than Eddie Murphy and Brett Ratner. Nothing like teaming two of Hollywood's biggest hacks.
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5:48PM on 04/18/2008
You know why I'm hip to this news... because this is exactly where Ratner belongs, remaking some old crappy movie, with a burnt-out movie star like Murphy. That way I have zero expectations for the movie, I can ignore all the advertising, gladly skip it in theaters, and maybe rent it for my kid once it makes it to DVD. ...And he's not ruining some movie I do want to see.


You know why I'm hip to this news... because this is exactly where Ratner belongs, remaking some old crappy movie, with a burnt-out movie star like Murphy. That way I have zero expectations for the movie, I can ignore all the advertising, gladly skip it in theaters, and maybe rent it for my kid once it makes it to DVD. ...And he's not ruining some movie I do want to see.


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5:25PM on 04/18/2008

great

thank you brett ratner, for butchering X3.. I'll never forgive you. Fuck that guy.
thank you brett ratner, for butchering X3.. I'll never forgive you. Fuck that guy.
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5:17PM on 04/18/2008

My God

Well, its unfortunate that Matheson is still alive to see his work completely butchered. Not just this, but much of his work. I Am Legend is no exception.

This movie sounds terrible, and while not a fan of remakes in general, I usually let it slide and just wont see them. In this case, I still wont see it, but I feel more inclined to complain. It just sounds like an absolutely ridiculous idea. I am ashamed.

By the way, Hunglowman, great way of putting it. It is much easier to avoid when
Well, its unfortunate that Matheson is still alive to see his work completely butchered. Not just this, but much of his work. I Am Legend is no exception.

This movie sounds terrible, and while not a fan of remakes in general, I usually let it slide and just wont see them. In this case, I still wont see it, but I feel more inclined to complain. It just sounds like an absolutely ridiculous idea. I am ashamed.

By the way, Hunglowman, great way of putting it. It is much easier to avoid when its clumped together.
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4:44PM on 04/18/2008
As per usual, Murphy will be playing every single freaking character in the movie. It will be terrible, but will still be nominated for an Oscar. So says Brett "Mouth-Breathin'" Ratner.
As per usual, Murphy will be playing every single freaking character in the movie. It will be terrible, but will still be nominated for an Oscar. So says Brett "Mouth-Breathin'" Ratner.
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2:20PM on 04/18/2008
Ratner and Murphy doing a movie together?

Good, I find pieces of shit easier to avoid when it's clumped together.
Ratner and Murphy doing a movie together?

Good, I find pieces of shit easier to avoid when it's clumped together.
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2:17PM on 04/18/2008
Wow. Ratner and Eddie Murphy.....

Way to keep ruining cinema for me assholes. I hope something stops them from making this. What's it going to be a fucking comedy or something?
Wow. Ratner and Eddie Murphy.....

Way to keep ruining cinema for me assholes. I hope something stops them from making this. What's it going to be a fucking comedy or something?
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