‘Nothing can stop it’
The Blob is a ‘re-imagining’ of the 1958 sci-fi horror movie of the same title to be directed by Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider; When a Stranger Calls) for Goldcrest Films. The film was originally announced in 2015 but faced funding issues. Since then, it has been in development.
Samuel L. Jackson has agreed to star, apparently, as “a biochemistry professor attempting to thwart the other-worldly predator discovered deep within the earth.”
Jack H. Harris, the veteran producer of the original 1958 film is executive producing. Pascal Degove, Managing Director of Goldcrest Films said: “Simon West has a unique gift for blending cutting edge effects, awesome visual spectacle and a hint of humour. He’s the perfect choice to re-imagine The Blob and we’re so excited to be partnering with him.”
Producers Richard Saperstein (Se7en, The Mist) and Brian Witten (Final Destination, Friday the 13th (2009)) waded in, “We grew up on The Blob. Simon West has a terrific and terrifying vision for bringing this iconic outer-space creature to life for a new generation. We’re grateful to Jack Harris for the opportunity to reintroduce a classic franchise…”
Simon West has added his own fervour to the project: “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.”
Previously, a jokey sequel, Beware! The Blob aka Son of Blob, was directed by actor Larry Hagman in 1972 and a much-praised remake by Chuck Russell was released in 1988. Despite initial doubts, sci-fi/horror fans were pleasantly surprised and largely pleased by the ’80s incarnation of this gloopy alien monster but how will a CGI version fare? Chris Haney (Avatar, Avengers Assemble) will handle the VFX in post-production…