Hollywood has churned out its share of truly solid movies about shrunken people – like Honey, I Shrunk The Kids and Ant-Man. And get ready to go miniature all over again, because Alexander Payne is coming out with a like-minded movie called Downsizing.
Downsizing takes a look at what the world would be like if we all shrank down to our itty-bittiest forms.
Basically, the film explores the idea that we would need so many less resources if we were smaller, making the world a far more idyllic place. Incomes would expand enormously (in this particular film, $52,000 turns into $12.5 million). And we could all live in teeny-tiny mansions with teeny-tiny cars.
It remains to be seen how well this idea would actually turn out, BUT you do get to see Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Sudeikis shrink down to to the size of ants and live their best lives possible — at least, for now.
This film has been a long-time passion project for Payne — and it shows!
The script took two-and-a-half years to write, according to The Guardian, and saw a whole bunch of casting changes along the way. Paul Giamatti, Reese Witherspoon, and Sacha Baron Cohen were all attached to the project at one point.
“The screenplay proved tricky for Jim [Taylor] and me, because it’s a big idea and difficult to break off — it had a long narrative chain reaction,” Payne said in an interview with Deadline. “We hope it will in the minds of viewers, too. Then, finding financing for this sucker was anything but a slam-dunk. Finally, production was on the longish side, and visual effects add considerable time to post-production.”
Plus, Payne explained, the whole shrinking effect took some time to nail down on-screen.
“It’s the first time I’ve done a visual effects movie, so it was a lovely education on how to make one,” he said. “In terms of technology presented on-screen, it’s mostly the downsizing process itself, and I think part of the comedy is how low-tech it seems.”
We’re already so excited to see this miniature world unfold, when Downsizing lands in theaters on December 22nd. Until then, time to pull out that old VHS copy of Honey, I Shrunk The Kids in preparation.