$30 million remake in the works
On the even of Halloween II‘s release, writer-director Rob Zombie announces he has begun writing a remake of The Blob.
A distributor hasn’t been locked in place, but Zombie will be doing the project for Genre Company’s Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten, the pair also have the upcoming Mother’s Day in development.
“My intention is not to have a big red blobby thing, that’s the first thing I want to change,” Zombie tells Variety. “That gigantic Jello-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.”
The budget is pegged at $30 million. “The Blob is more concept than specific storyline with characters, so I can go nuts with it,” Zombie says.
The original was released in ’58. Chuck Russell helmed a remake in ’88 and another script was drafted in the last decade by Chad and Carey Hayes (House of Wax).