In the endless quest to mine our nostalgia for box-office success, Goldcrest Films is digging deep into the vault to bring a 1950s sci-fi classic back to life.
Deadline is reporting that director Simon West (Expendables 2) has signed on to helm a remake of the 1958 horror sci-fi classic The Blob, with Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten (Cell) attached to direct. The film is apparently on the fast track, with principal photography set for this summer.
The original film starred a young Steve McQueen and followed townsfolk as they tried to survive a massive, gelatinous alien that crashed and attacked the city of Downingtown, Pa. It’s a true classic of 1950s B-movie sci-fi horror.
Considering the enduring pop culture relevance of The Blob, it was only a matter of time before someone dug it out and gave it a CGI reboot. The new project will follow in the footsteps of the 1972 sequel, Beware! The Blob, along with a different 1988 remake (co-written by Frank Darabont).
As for what they’re planning for this go-round? According to West, it sounds like they’re eyeing an effects-heavy version of the story to make the blob “totally believable.” Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
“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.”
Do you think the world needs another version of The Blob?