Over the years there have been many films that have used miniaturisation as a plot device: The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), Fantastic Voyage (1966), Innerspace (1987), Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989) And Ant-Man (2015). With Alexander Payne’s new film ‘Downsizing’ we tread some familiar ground, but with a wider perspective.
If you were to look at tackling a popular American comic strip that had endured for 50 years (at the time), you might not choose to hire maverick director Robert Altman, have the main character played by a cocaine fuelled Robin Williams, and hire an enigmatic, binge happy musician to write the songs; especially in a co-production with Walt Disney Pictures!
As well as writing for Nerdspan, one of the other things I do is produce a radio show for Soho Radio, called ‘Free Seed On Soho’. A couple of weeks …