One can only hope that this is not another bad remake of a classic horror movie. In the recent years, we’ve seen a slew of classic horror movies being remade with new cast and better CGI effects but only a few have impressed horror movie fans.
While “Piranha” got remade for being a weirdly-satisfying B-grade movie, another B-grade horror classic “The Blob” is getting a remake too. To be honest, we are not quite sure how we should feel about it.
“The Blob” is a 1958 horror film which revolves around a gelatinous alien life-form that arrives on Earth and consumes everything including the citizens of a small town in Downinngtown, Pennsylvania. However, the origin of the Blob remains a mystery. The late Steve McQueen had a starring role in the film and this role marked the feature film debut for him. Despite being a cheesy B-movie monster thrills, “The Blob” inspired a sequel called “Beware! The Blob” in 1972 and a remake of the same name in 1988.
Musician-turned-director Rob Zombie was originally set to direct a remake in 2009 but he later announced in 2010 that he will not be remaking it. Just when we thought the franchise has finally come to its end, a new report emerged that Goldcrest Films is set to co-produce a remake of the horror film with Korea’s Taewon Entertainment & A-List Corporation. “Expendables 2” director Simon West is attached to direct the film this summer.
The remake of “The Blob” will be produced by Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten while the producer of the original film, Jack H. Harris will return to executive produce.
This good ol’ horror film about the gooey alien life-form might have been scary to the audiences in the 1950s, but times have changed. Even with better CGI effects, a remake of a horror film might just end up being another silly remake. However, it seems like West is confident that he will bring this film back from dead as he said:
With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob. 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.
West is best known for directing 1997’s “Con Air”, 2001’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”, and 2012’s ” The Expendables 2″. Thus, a remake of a horror film just doesn’t seem like the kind of film he would direct. But then again, he has previously directed a remake of “When a Stranger Calls” , which received mixed reviews from the audiences.
Whether or not this remake is going to be successful, it depends how Simon West is going to recreate this alien with CGI. Otherwise, just file it under “the highly-anticipated remake” and be done with it.
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