On the eve of Halloween II hitting theaters, Rob Zombie has already set up his next horror remake: a reinvent of the 1958 horror classic The Blob, which launched the career of Steve McQueen.
According to Variety, Zombie will write, direct and produce the remake.
In the original The Blob, an object from space crashes into a field, containing a red blob-like substance that absorbs the humans it contacts and grows exponentially. While Zombie was a fan of the original, he's formulated a decidedly different take that he would not reveal.
"My intention is not to have a big red blobby thing -- that's the first thing I want to change," Zombie said. "That gigantic Jello-looking thing might have been scary to audiences in the 1950s, but people would laugh now."
Saperstein, the former Dimension Films president who developed a relationship with Zombie while they worked on Halloween, said that funding is in place to make an R-rated film that will cost around $30 million.
"I'd been looking to break out of the horror genre, and this really is a science fiction movie about a thing from outer space," Zombie said. "I intend to make it scary, and the great thing is I have the freedom once again to take it in any crazy direction I want to."
Zombie has begun writing. He'll follow the release of Halloween II with a new album and tour this fall and get the script done at that time.
Production will begin next spring.