His latest offering, Halloween II
, only arrives in North American multiplexes this weekend, but writer-director Rob Zombie is already plotting his next movie project. And it looks set to be another remake for the part-timer rocker, with Variety reporting that he is attached to develop a fresh version of science-fiction horror The Blob
The original outing for The Blob
came way back in 1958, and the film is now chiefly famous for giving a career leg-up to its charismatic young leading man, Mr. Steve McQueen. However its tale of a size-shifting lump of fluid gloop did achieve a certain cult status and the movie was eventually appended by a sequel and 1988 remake.
So how might a 21st century The Blob
(ahem) shape up? Rob Zombie has already admitted that his re-conceptualisation of the source material will begin with the eponymous amoeba itself.
“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.”The Blob
without a blob Rob? Well, it’s one idea I suppose.
“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.”
“Even more than Halloween
, where I had to deal with accepted iconic characters like Michael Myers and Laurie Strode, The Blob
is more concept than specific storyline with characters, so I can go nuts with it.”
Zombie is apparently intending to write the script while he records a new album this autumn, and he will also produce, alongside Genre Company’s Richard Saperstein – with whom he previously worked on 2007’s Halloween
- and Brian Witten. Also onboard are Jack H. Harris (who produced the 1958 and 1988 versions) and Judith Parker Harris of Worldwide Entertainment Corporation. The budget is estimated at an eminently respectable $30m.
Does each edition of The Blob
reflect the times in which it was made? The original 1958 Blob was an extraterrestrial interloper, falling from the night sky to menace America – which could certainly be interpreted as reflecting Cold War fears. In contrast, the 1988 remake (directed by The Mask’s
Chuck Russell and co-written by The Shawshank Redemption’s
Frank Darabont) cast the Blob as a bungled government experiment, articulating a post-Watergate suspicion that it was our own masters who we really needed to watch out for. So will Rob Zombie’s The Blob
similarly take the temperature of its time? Will his Blob swallow up Wall Street in a moment of recession catharsis? Guess we will have to wait to find out, but in the meantime here’s the trailer for the 1958 original, starring Steve McQueen and “a cast of exciting young people”.
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