Friday, August 28, 2009

'The Blob' Retuns With Rob Zombie

After reviving the "Halloween" franchise, Rob Zombie will next reinvent "The Blob."

Zombie's deal to make "The Blob" his next film comes as Dimension opens "Halloween II," the Zombie-directed sequel to his 2007 hit "Halloween."

Zombie will write, direct and produce the remake which centers on an object from space that crashes into a field, containing a red blob-like substance that absorbs the humans it contacts and grows exponentially. Zombie is said to be a fan of the original, but the Variety report says his version will be much different.

"My intention is not to have a big red blobby thing -- that's the first thing I want to change," Zombie said. "That gigantic Jello-looking thing might have been scary to audiences in the 1950s, but people would laugh now."

Zombie will produce with Genre Company’s Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten, original Blob producer Jack H. Harris, and Judith Parker Harris of Worldwide Entertainment Corporation. Financing is said to be in place to create an R-rated film that will cost around $30 million.

"I'd been looking to break out of the horror genre, and this really is a science fiction movie about a thing from outer space," Zombie said. "I intend to make it scary, and the great thing is I have the freedom once again to take it in any crazy direction I want to."

Zombie has begun writing. He'll follow the release of "Halloween II" with a new album and tour this fall and get the script done at that time.
And if this doesn't turn your brain into a blob I don't know what will. While I agree with Zombie to some extent, what will a remake of "The Blob" be without, well, a blob? Zombie has already discredited himself with original "Halloween" fans by reducing Michael to nothing more than a prototypical serial killer. Modifying the origin of a character is one thing, but dispatching with a signature titular monster altogether is something else. And "The Blob" was already remade in the 80's anyway.

And this movie is horror. It's not a science fiction movie. Just because it comes from outer space doesn't automatically make it a science fiction movie. You wouldn't categorize "The Thing" under 'science fiction'. This will be another horror movie.

Do you want to see a new "Blob" helmed by Rob Zombie?
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Variety, Latino Review, Rope of Silicon, First Showing


Space Monkey Mikey said...

Oh, the humanity! WHY? Movie studios need to stop giving this guy money to make movies. I dig his music, but I mean seriously, his movies suck. Devil's Rejects is the only one that's tolerable to watch.

It does make me wonder how he's going to ruin it. As you said, it's called The Blob, so call me crazy here, but maybe it should have, you know, a Blob?

Head Hero said...

If there is no actual Blob in the film...then...seriously...what the hell is this going to be about?

I would seriously prefer this to be in the hands of a comedic director and have it become a kind of dark comedy/satire. Maybe Edgar Wright with Simon Pegg again.