Director Simon West (Con Air, Kong: Skull Island) has been excitedly teasing the possibility of a remake of the 1958 horror classic, The Blob, since 2015. After struggling to find funding, it was announced that China would provide backing for the film and that Samuel L. Jackson is set to star.
In early March, West told The Toronto Sun,
So, I’m doing Kong for the same reason I’ll probably be doing The Blob. I just got a call the other day (where the producers) said they finally got their money from China to do Blob.
The original film is about a strange, gelatinous alien come to Earth that continuously grows (like a snowball) as it consumes everything in its path. It starred Steve McQueen and has become an iconic B-movie. 30 years later, the film was remade, for the first time and was fairly well received.
West is hoping his incarnation will be a bit more realistic. In an interview in 2015, he said,
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 am always developing several projects at once. The Blob is one of the things I would like to make, and part of my reinvention is to make it more sci-fi than horror. Actually, sci-fi is my favorite genre even though I’ve never made a sci-fi film.
In spite of West’s obvious commitment to the project, there are few confirmed details. After Goldcrest Films released artwork for the film, the rumored release date was 2018. Halle Berry is also rumored to be attached to the project (IMDB), but neither of these facts have been officially confirmed.
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