Rob Zombie, whose Halloween II opens today, will write, direct and produce a remake of the 1958 horror classic The Blob, which starred Steve McQueen.
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.
“My intention is not to have a big red blobby thing — that’s the first thing I want to change,” Zombie told the trade. “That gigantic Jello-looking thing might have been scary to audiences in the 1950s, but people would laugh now.”
Zombie will produce with Genre Co.’s Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten; original “Blob” producer Jack H. Harris; and Judith Parker Harris of Worldwide Entertainment Corp. and Andy Gould.
They are developing the project as an R-rated film that will cost around $30 million to make.
Production will begin next spring.