Rob Zombie To Remake ‘The Blob’

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After digging his claws into the Halloween franchise and making not one, but two remakes of that classic horror series, writer/director Rob Zombie has now set his sights on updating the classic horror film, The Blob. You may not know that the Chuck Russell-directed, Kevin Dillon-starring Blob from the late ’80s (which was co-written by Frank Darabont, FYI) is actually a remake itself of the 1958 version, which effectively launched the career of the legendary Steve McQueen.

Zombie is diving in with both feet with his reinvention of The Blob: he’s writing, producing and directing it on a modest budget of $30 million. The original movie was about a mysterious object that crashes to Earth containing a red blob-like substance that absorbs the humans it comes into contact with and grows exponentially. But just like he ruined altered the mythos of Halloween by explaining how Michael Myers became what he was, Zombie has something different in mind for The Blob than was seen before:

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

I agree that if the original Blob design was carbon-copied for the remake it wouldn’t be all that scary to modern audiences, who are used to more explicit gore horror. But if there has to be a remake (and we’ll get to THAT debate in a moment), then I would like to see it stay true to the original Blob. Again, don’t carbon-copy the original, but don’t change it completely either. Or else why call it The Blob?

Zombie went onto say why he wants to do a remake of The Blob, instead of continuing on with what he’s doing (more straight up “horror”):

“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… 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.”

Similar to the other horror director I really, really don’t like (Eli Roth), I’d be curious to see what Zombie would come up with. With The Blob he’ll obviously still have one foot in the horror genre (also similar, I’d imagine, to Roth’s upcoming sci-fi film, Endangered Species), but he’ll also be testing the sci-fi waters with the other foot.

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The Blob (1958)

The Blob is one of those ideas that I don’t see working nowadays. As I said, the modern horror movie audience is used to much more extremities in their movies (at least visually) than what The Blob offers, so unless the different direction that Zombie is willing to go in totally strikes the right chord (a faster, smarter, blob?), I just don’t know if it will be all that effective a move. With my disdain for Zombie as a filmmaker, him being the one to write, produce and direct it doesn’t exactly get me behind the project.

What do you think about another remake of The Blob? Do you think Zombie is the right one to update the idea?

The Blob currently has no scheduled release date but is being aimed to start shooting sometime next Spring. Zombie has already begun writing the script, and expects to get it finished after he’s finished his next music tour/album release.

Source: Variety

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  1. seems like an odd choice..is he just out shopping for deals on old contracts?

  2. lol, Slither had a creature arguably like the blob… then she exploded.

  3. Lord, why are you doing this to us?! What did we do to deserve this?! We can change; I promise, we can! :-P

  4. What a lazy hack.

  5. “My intention is not to have a big red blobby thing — that’s the first thing I want to change…”

    Is Zombie mentally ill?

    Seriously, I really wish Zombie would stop making crappy films, and make good music again.

  6. So let me get this straight, First Rob Zombie KILLS halloween and now he wants to kill The Blob. What’s next a Rob Zombie remake of “E.T.” Give me a break, Zombie should stick to making music and leave Hollywood alone they make enough bad movies as it is.

  7. @Rob

    You have to say it like the character from Galaxy Quest: Then she exploooooded. :-P

    Vic

  8. Maybe the 30 million will be spent on youtube quality footage of this genius filming one of his own boogers in gumby-like “go-motion” as it chases a Michael Myers puppet through an IMAX theater full of vampires from space.

    Honestly, I usually enjoy what ScreenRant chooses to post and the discussions that ensue, but for the love of Pete guys….Does this moron and his continuing idiocy deserve space here???

    I think not…

  9. Actually I want to see what he does with this. I liked the Chuck Russel remake from the 80′s, it was even kind of scary for it’s time remember the scene in the doctors office when the girl runs in and her boyfriends inside the blob as it slithers over his face removing all the flesh. And seeing that guys get sucked down the sink was just freaky. I don’t know why an actually blob like creature wouldn’t work today, especially with CGI, it could actually move like a liquid based creature would with todays special effect technology. And as I always say when everyone starts complaining how remakes ruin the originals…The original is still there just like it always was, it doesn’t hurt the original in any way guys. So I’m going to go see it, you guys can stay home if you want…but I bet you won’t. You know you’ll all go see it reguardless of your rants in these posts. ;}

  10. I agree with you on that remakes don’t hurt the original, and I enjoyed the first remake of the film more than the original. But Zombie has showed us with all of his crappy films that he can’t direct.

  11. Actually my comments are not directed towards a remake of the Blob.

    But at Rob Zombie as a director. Because last night I saw the film “The Devils Rejects” and I was pleasently surprise I enjoyed the film.

    I saw all the elements of what possibly could be a great B-Movie.I just think he has to tone it down alittle

    I really think Zombie should focus his talent on original material towards that genre of film

    I think he could be the next Roger Corman or Russ Myers

    Forget (tarantino) directing “Deathproof” it should of been Zombie.

  12. @Matt Keith

    You have to see “The Devil’s Rejects” that film proves Zombie has a director muscle.

  13. Seen it. It was crap.

  14. Yeah I agree “Devils Rejects” was good. That was a original sequel to an Original film.

    Give us something original, you lazy Zombie.

  15. It was better then Terminator Salvation. ;-)

  16. Sigh

    Though i was hoping for A SEQUEL TO THE 1988 BLOB, Im saddened that Rob Zombie is going to be involved in this after the Debacle known as Halloween and new Debacle sequel. Funny how he doesnt acknowledge the 1988 version, sounds like jealousy to me.

  17. Well, DR was better than T3 :P

  18. Transporter 3, I agree Matt,,,!

    nuk nuk nuk,,, :-)

  19. I refuse to support anything that Rob Zombie creates.I think he’s a complete hack and his music stinks like hot garbage as well.

    In this day’s movie production landscape,$30 million isn’t even enough to cover catering costs,so what does he think that he’s gonna do with that measly budget?Do we really need to see a trailer trash b-movie version of this film?

    How anyone ever thought that this guy had any talent is totally beyond me.I really wish this guy would just go away and never return.

  20. Well said Longshanks!!! ;-)

  21. @ Longshanks
    Ask Roger Corman what he could do with 30 million dollars?

    As far as Zombie’s music what kind of %^%$* music do you listen to ABBA

  22. Zombie’s music sounds like demonic death metal.

    To say his music is crap is an insult to crap. (IMO) 8-O

  23. @790
    sorry your missing out on great music….Zombie ROCKS and millions agree!!!!

  24. Well FireWalker, I have a pretty extensive rock library. I can rock to groups that are in the same genre, (KISS, Dio, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, The Cult, Killing Joke, PIL, Van Halen, Ac/Dc, BOC, Guns N Roses, Judas Priest, Ozzy, RUSH, Scorpions, Spinal Tap and even ABBA,,)
    But I don’t have any Zombie cds. His vocals are a horrible and his music gives me a headache. But that’s cool,,, ;-)

  25. @790

    Wow hard to believe that you rock to those cool bands (except ABBA) and not like Rob Zombie or White Zombie
    I saw Zombie with Ozzy and Godsmack, and Rob took the house down

  26. Well let’s just say that everyones taste is different. :-)
    Yeah I saw Ozzy and Ratt, back in 85.
    It was the “Bark at the Moon” tour.
    Great show!!!

  27. @ Firewalker

    Just because I don’t like Rob Zombie doesn’t mean that I “have” to like crappy music like ABBA.

    I’m more into industrial stuff,and probably stuff that you’ve never even heard before.

    I agree with 790,his vocals are horrible.how many times do you have to say “yeah’ in a song?Sorry,but his stuff,music or movies,just ain’t for me.

  28. Longshanks, what did you think of Hybrids last album. Man I thought it sucked compared to they’re early work. ;-)

  29. Ah forget it, I’m getting off topic.

    Its happy hour here at my place,,, ;-)