The Blob is an interesting “franchise” of sorts. It tends to be a pit stop for rising stars: Steve McQueen’s first leading role was in the original and Burt Bacharach wrote its memorable opening theme. The remake was written by Frank Darabont, who you might remember went on to The Shawshank Redemption. And now apparently the Con Air guy (Simon West) will be directing the next remake.
And, of course, the first thing he does is announce it’ll be all CGI, according to Deadline:
“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.”
Dude, your last movie was The Expendables 2, I wouldn’t get too puffed up about your talent. Also, come on, CGI? For The Blob? Stuff like this is part of the fun:
Trivia note: The movie they’re watching in that clip is real. It’s an art film called Daughter of Horror. Find the version narrated by Ed McMahon if you want to be really weirded out.
Anyway, if you’re not going to have people die violently and gorily with practical effects, there’s really no point to this exercise. Besides, a pile of pink goop over a puppet has to be a lot cheaper and more fun to shoot than having actors go “Ah! A blob!” at a tennis ball. But we’ll reserve judgement for when this movie comes out; that won’t be until 2016.