Rob Zombie's remaking The Blob

Not content with dragging Michael Myers's corpse out for a second spin with Halloween II, Rob Zombie has snatched the rights to re-invent jelly-like alien invasion pic The Blob.

The 1958 original kick-started Steve McQueen's career with a terror-filled tale of an alien object crashing to Earth and unleashing a mass of blubbery material on a small American town that absorbs humans and grows as it goes.

It's already been through one remake thanks to Chuck "Scorpion King" Russell, which largely stuck to the idea of the red gooey monster mess.

Don't go thinking that the man behind a largely mask-less Michael is looking to stick with tradition, though.

"My intention is not to have a big red blobby thing - that's the first thing I want to change," Zombie tells Variety. "That gigantic Jello-looking thing might have been scary to audiences in the 1950s, but people would laugh now." Oh, they'll probably laugh at what you do too, Mr Z - but let's wait and see.

"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 adds. "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."

He's keeping his ideas close to his chest for now, but he is writing the script as Halloween II prepares to hit the US and he'll start directing next year.

[Source: Variety ]

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