Goldcrest Films is currently developing a remake of The Blob, but it’s worth noting that this isn’t the first re-imagining of the famous 1958 sci-fi/horror feature (a.k.a. The Molten Meteor) starring Steve McQueen and Aneta Corsaut. Another big screen take on The Blob was released back in 1988 (co-written/directed by Chuck Russell), and back in the late 2000s Rob Zombie – not long after releasing his 2007 Halloween remake – started to develop a Blob re-do of his own.
The project is now being directed by Simon West (Con Air, The Expendables 2) and is described as being more of a proper modern sci-fi monster film, along the lines of Jurassic Park (more on that later). Funny enough, the first actor to join the cast for the new Blob movie is none other than JP alum – and all-around very busy guy – Samuel L. Jackson. He will play a biochemistry professor leading the human charge against the eponymous other-worldly invader in West’s film.
THR reported the news about Jackson signing up for The Blob, which will reunite him with producers Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten – shortly after the three worked together on the Stephen King novel adaptation Cell, which is due to reach theaters later this year. It’s not clear yet who penned the script for this new Blob movie, but the screenplay is presumably fairly well along in development – since principle photography on West’s The Blob is expected to begin by Fall 2015.
Jackson, meanwhile, will also play a leading role in Quentin Tarantino’s murder mystery western The Hateful Eight when it opens in theaters in Fall/Winter 2015. The Oscar-nominee has also completed (or will soon complete) filming for roles in a couple of significant 2016 movie releases: director Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children novel adaptation and Harry Potter director David Yates’ Tarzan feature.
West has thus far specialized in action filmmaking (see also: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Mechanic (2011)), so it doesn’t come as a surprise to hear him compare his Blob remake to iconic sci-fi monster thrillers from the past few decades. Here is what the director told Den of Geek about his version of The Blob (back in March 2015):
“The blob itself will be more sophisticated, more along the lines of Alien and Predator and things like that – much more science-based, the way Jurassic Park made you believe you could bring back dinosaurs with a bit of DNA from a mosquito. This will be much more explained on where the blob comes from and how it works. It’ll be a much more sophisticated creature – because it is a monster movie rather than a horror in that sense.”
Most of West’s filmography is composed of solid B-movie fare (no more, but no less either), and it’s reasonable to expect that his take on The Blob will clear the same bar for quality. Updates of Cold War era sci-fi titles can be a tricky proposition, especially as their horror elements don’t always come through so well in the modern era of CGI (see: The Thing (2011)) and those with politically-charged subject matter often require some extra tinkering (case in point: the 2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still remake). Hence, keeping The Blob a pulpy monster flick/thrill ride is probably the best approach.
… Especially as Jackson knows how to have fun in those kind of films (see also: Deep Blue Sea).
We’ll bring you more information on The Blob remake when we have it.