Remaking “The Blob”

The Blob didn’t get enough love in its childhood.

What else could explain the globular monster’s determination to kill everyone in its path?

“Con Air” and “Expendables 2” director Simon West plans to remake the B-movie that launched (sort of) Steve McQueen’s career. West’s film will be a bigger budget affair than the 1958 original or its little known 1988 remake, he says.

“My version of ‘The Blob’ is going to be more sci-fi,” he told the website Den of Geek. It also will offer up the Blob’s backstory, whatever that might be. West says “it’ll be much more explained on where the Blob comes from.”

The sewer under the Paris Opera House, perhaps? Maybe Monster Island in the South Pacific? Nope, those choice locales are already spoken for, of course. The Blob comes from outer space. And this time the visiting creature won’t look like the Mucinex spokesmucus.

“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,” West says.

In the 1988 movie, starring Shawnee Smith and pre-“Entourage” Kevin Dillon, the Blob was a Cold War/Nuclear Age metaphor like Godzilla. But West’s remake will go back to the first movie’s inspiration: he says it’ll be “an invasion movie.”

“This thing’s come from another planet, and also, we don’t know how many there are,” he says.

The original movie starred the grizzled 27-year-old McQueen as gee-whiz teenager Steve Andrews, who, along with girlfriend Aneta Corseaut, spots the Blob falling to earth and checks it out. “It’s kind of like a mass that keeps getting bigger and bigger,” he reports to the local police.

So does “The Blob” franchise, which has slowly gotten bigger and bigger over the years until, finally, it just might be ready for Hollywood tent-pole status.

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