Next “THE BLOB” Remake Consumes “CON AIR” Director Simon WestMovies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
THE BLOB has had quite a strange legacy, hasn’t it? Originally produced in 1958, featuring Steve McQueen in his first lead role, THE BLOB saw a 1972 sequel (entitled BEWARE! THE BLOB), a 1988 Chuck Russell-directed remake and a Criterion Collection Blu-ray ever since. And while word of another modern remake has been around for nearly a decade, with the likes of Rob Zombie being attached at one point, it seems that THE BLOB will finally be terrorizing theaters (or, more realistically, VOD) in the near future as Deadline reports Goldcrest Films will team up with Korean financiers Taewon Entertainment and A-List Corporation to produce a modern remake.
Co-produced by Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten of the SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT remake, THE BLOB remake has attached CON AIR and EXPENDABLES 2 helmer Simon West to direct the film. Goldcrest will also be providing post-production and VFX work on the film as well.
“With modern CGI, we can now fully realize the potential of THE BLOB,” West says. “The world I create will be totally believable, immersive and emotionally satisfying. It’s a thrill to introduce an enduring icon to a wider audience and a whole new era of fans.”
While a new, CGI-laden version of THE BLOB was virtually inevitable, it is more than a little disappointing. After all, for all they’re worth, the first BLOB films earned their charm from just how much mileage the filmmakers could make out of their practical effects and optical illusions. Nevertheless, I am a fan of West’s particular brand of over-the-top action, and hopefully, his version of THE BLOB will be a fun time when all is said and done. Expect to see THE BLOB in 2016.