Well, it looks like the man who once said that remakes were the “worst thing any filmmaker can do” has just signed on to do yet another remake. (He also said that he wasn’t going to do any more Halloween movies either, and look how true that turned out to be.) According to Variety, Rob Zombie will write and direct a remake of the ’50s sci-fi classic The Blob for Genre Co. with a budget of approximately $30 million. This will be the second time the film has been remade; Chuck Russell directed an update back in 1988.
“My intention is not to have a big red blobby thing — that’s the first thing I want to change. That gigantic Jello-looking thing might have been scary to audiences in the 1950s, but people would laugh now… 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.”
I really don’t know how I feel about this. As much as I haven’t been a fan of Rob Zombie’s filmography up until this point, I do feel like he’s a creative guy with some original ideas up his sleeve. Sure, he also likes to wear his influences on that sleeve, but I think he’s almost like Tarantino in the way that he re-appropriates his favourite stuff and combines it to make something new. So do we really need him rehashing another classic? Whatever happened to this Tyrannosaurus Rex movie that he was working on anyway? Zombie is planning to write the script for The Blob while he is working on a new album, and will start shooting after his next tour. Are you interested in seeing Rob Zombie’s take on The Blob?