Director Simon West (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) is set to resurrect an iconic, oozing monster straight out of B-movie Nirvana with his modern remake of The Blob. The original 1958 The Blob with Steve McQueen was a semi-campy fright flick emerging from the drive-in movie, monster mania culture of Cold War suburban America, with invasion paranoia at its slimy core and its own goofy theme song as well. A commendable '80s remake from director Chuck Russell amped up the graphic gore element but forgot the original's nostalgic charms. West's version hopes to straddle the fine line between those two extremes with his CGI plans for delving deep into the scientific basis for such an amorphous creature.
In an interview with Den of Geek during the promotion of his new thriller, Wild Card, West explained his sci-fi take on the mushy material and its link to geek franchise favorites like Alien and Predator.
"Yeah, it's definitely going to be on a much bigger canvas than the originals, which were much more small, niche genre horror movies. My version of The Blob is going to be more sci-fi. 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. This thing's come from another planet, and also, we don't know how many there are. It's fun at the moment - while I'm prepping this other film, The Blob is a bit longer term. I'm having a lot of fun designing this creature, what its talents are, its attributes, how you can think you've defeated it, but you haven't. It's fun inventing a creature like that - like the new Alien or the new Predator."
Whether removing the essential mystery of the blob is best is something to consider; part of its universal appeal is the absolute inability to pigeonhole the sticky monster into any particular stereotype or absolute understanding. Trying to force structure upon an eerie entity that defines the very essence of nothingness is dangerous. Lengthy scientific explanations are often a headshot to a film's inherent mystery, and we hope West treads carefully upon the hallowed Blob grounds.
Do you dig West's fresh take on The Blob, and is it something you might get sucked into watching?
(Via Den of Geek)