By today's film-monster standards of fleet-footed zombies and four-story humanoid robots, the gelatinous outer-space beast from "The Blob" looks pretty tame. The original 1958 movie is still a cheesy joy to watch thanks to Steve McQueen in the lead role and the not-very-threatening lumpy thing that plays the lead villain.
Action director Simon West, known for "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" and "The Expendables 2," intends to figure out how to make a pile of oozing jelly-like substance frightening to modern audiences. Goldcrest Films will co-produce the remake, while Jack Harris, the producer of the original film, is also attached to the project as executive producer.
"With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of 'The Blob,'" West says. "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."
This isn't the first time the siren call of "The Blob" has tempted filmmakers into a remake. A 1988 version starring Kevin Dillon featured a memorable trailer voice-over intoning, "Man is no longer the supreme being on this planet." It also sported the pretty fantastic tagline "Terror has no shape" and a whole lot more gore than the original.
Casting yet to be announced for the new film, but principal photography is scheduled to begin this summer.