Oregon born cinematographer Ellis Carter was DP on The Incredible Shrinking Man, the world’s most thoughtful combination of philosophizing and special effect photography. Directed by Jack Arnold.
A remake of The Incredible Shrinking Man slated to come out in 2010 has Eddie Murphy as the intrepid spider fighting Scott Carey. In the original story, it was a mysterious (possibly atomic) cloud which causes Carey to shrink.
In the Murphy project, Carey will be a famous Las Vegas magician who is put under a spell that causes him to shrink. He must find a way to reverse the spell before he gets so small that he disappears. From the Remake Watch.
As much as Americans love to pooh pooh Hollywood’s McCarthy Era/Cold War filmmaking, The Incredible Shrinking Man will be the second Richard Matheson End of the World warning fable recently remade with a big budget: I Am Legend, first made as The Last Man On Earth (1964), was the first.
Strange but true: Richard Matheson’s screenwriting son, Chris Matheson (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure), lives in Oregon.