Rob Zombie to remake The Blob ... with a slight change

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Rob Zombie put his own spin on the Halloween movies, and now he's setting his sights on sci-fi by developing a new version of the 1958 classic The Blob, which he will write, direct and produce, Variety reports.

The original movie made a star of Steve McQueen, and it was previously remade in 1988 by Chuck Russell.

In the original, an object from space crashes into a field, containing a red blob-like substance that absorbs the humans it contacts and grows exponentially. While Zombie was a fan of the original, his version will be much different.

"My intention is not to have a big red blobby thing; that's the first thing I want to change," Zombie said. "That gigantic Jell-O-looking thing might have been scary to audiences in the 1950s, but people would laugh now. I have a totally different take, one that's pretty dark."

A Blob without a ... blob?

Production will begin next spring, the trade paper reports.