One of my favorite horror films growing-up had to be 1988’s The Blob, it’s campy as hell and felt like cheesy sibling of films like Aliens, Predator and John Carpenter’s The Thing.
It seems like the remake’s director Simon West (Con Air, Wild Card, Expendables 2) also seemingly caught-on to that impression as he spoke to Den of Geek about his take on the film, which could be taking cues from the films I’ve mentioned. Confirming the film will be hard science-fiction with an alien invasion being apart of the story.
“Yeah, it’s definitely going to be on a much bigger canvas than the originals, which were much more small, niche genre horror movies…My version of The Blob‘s going to be more sci-fi.”
“The blob itself will be more sophisticated, more along the lines of Alien and Predator and things like that - much more science-based, the way Jurassic Park made you believe you could bring back dinosaurs with a bit of DNA from a mosquito. This will be much more explained on where the blob comes from and how it works. It’ll be a much more sophisticated creature - because it is a monster movie rather than a horror in that sense.”
“This thing’s come from another planet, and also, we don’t know how many there are. It’s fun at the moment - while I’m prepping this other film, The Blob is a bit longer term. I’m having a lot of designing this creature, what its talents are, its attributes, how you can think you’ve defeated it, but you haven’t. It’s fun inventing a creature like that - like the new Alien or the new Predator.”
It’s kind of cool to hear Simon West talk about the blob creature like the xenomorph or the predator, I’d love to see this move towards that direction. I mean how many times can a small town be overrun by the alien goo?
My assumption is that there could be a strong military element in the film if he’s using comparisons to Alien and Predator franchises. Plus, the films have leaned towards that as it is might as well full steam-ahead. Having the blob land in the middle of an active war-zone or conflict could make for a an interesting setting, if not the not so distant future.
Considering West has worked three times with action star Jason Statham there’s a strong possibility he could take a main role in the film, I don’t think many would object to that casting.
Let’s just cross our fingers we don’t end-up getting a pointless prequel/remake like The Thing (2011) or a giant cluster-fuck like AVP or Resident Evil. I’m just glad we dodged a bullet by Rob Zombie getting replaced with Simon west.
Are you exited to see the pink alien goo monster coming back to eat hordes of humans?
SOURCE: DEN OF GEEK