The Blob remake, which was at one time set to be directed by Rob Zombie, has once again crawled out of the earth's soil and is moving forward with director Simon West. He is best known for Con Air and The Expendables 2, and has Wild Card starring Jason Statham opening later this month.
Goldcrest Films will produce this update of the 1958 horror classic, with shooting set to begin this summer. Korea's Taewon Entertainment and A-List Corporation will co-finance alongside Goldcrest, with Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten producing.
The original The Blob debuted in 1958 and followed a young Steve McQueen as he battled a gelatinous alien creature that crashes in the middle of a small down, eating people as it moves along, growing in size. A sequel, Beware! the Blob, was released in 1972, directed by iconic Dallas star Larry Hagman. It was then remade and released in 1988 with Entourage star Kevin Dillon. About directing a new version of The Blob, Simon West says:
"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."
The Blob will be executive produced by Jack H. Harris, who produced the 1958 original. Goldcrest Post will be behind the picture and sound post-production services and VFX will be under supervisor Chris Haney, who previously worked on Marvel's The Avengers. Says Pascal Degove, Managing Director of Goldcrest:
"Simon West has a unique gift for blending cutting edge effects, awesome visual spectacle and a hint of humor. He's the perfect choice to reimagine The Blob and we're so excited to be partnering with him."
Goldcrest will handle international sales and distribution, with the film heading to next month's European Film Market in Berlin. UTA will broker U.S. distribution rights.