January 22, 2015

Simon West To Remake THE BLOB; Someone Please Call Nicolas Cage And Jason Statham

Deadline is reporting that director Simon West (Con Air, Expendables 2, The Mechanic) will be directing the third version of the classic horror film The Blob which originally starred Steve McQueen.

The film revolves a meteor which crash lands in a small town and has an alien life form inside it. Once the pink gooey alien starts getting a taste for humans it starts to grow rapidly and it keeps gobbling-up the towns folk until it's overwhelmingly massive and the army is called-in to take it out.

Simon West confirms to Deadline that the creature effects will indeed be CGI, which is expected in this modern era of digital effects but seems a bit lifeless when it comes to horror material.

“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.”

I'm not really impressed by CGI these days even more so with the horror genre, it's overused to the point of having little impact when you know it's not in-camera. A great example would be The Thing prequel which mixed some great practical effects with some lousy CGI. It didn't help the film was also a carbon copy of the original.

This incarnation sounds like the budget might be a lot smaller than you'd expect for a CGI focused horror film, but maybe they'll throw in some puppets and camera tricks as well. I'm a bit worried that things like casting and writing will be secondary toward the formation of the digital monster. The key give away being a bunch of producers being listed for the project but no writers.

Come on Simon West make this happen!
Then again, this West is the director of Con Air we can only wish that Nicolas Cage get's involved, we know they could get him for real cheap these days. I'd love to see him cameo as the homeless gentleman who first discovers the meteor. I'd also love to see Jason Statham get involved possibly in the lead since we don't often get to see him in horror roles.

Could the world be ready for Cage and Statham being in one glorious film?

I won't lie, I'm a massive fan of the 1988 remake starring Entourage's Kevin Dillion, mainly because the Blob was scary as fuck in that movie. Being one of the first R-rated horror films I was exposed to and a big dumb 80's horror flick I can't help but love it.

At one point horror film guru Rob Zombie was attached to write and direct the remake but obviously lost interest or was replaced.

Zombie might have had his duds with the Halloween films but I still love the effort he put into House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects. I know with Rob we would have had a practical effects version of the alien creature as he rarely uses digital effects.


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