With The Blob remake announcement coming out yesterday, it was mentioned that the remake was first announced back in 2015. Seems like forever ago, but sometimes it takes awhile for things to get off the ground, but for some reason my brain started digging around and I thought, “hey, wasn’t Rob Zombie going to do The Blob remake at one point?” Rob’s a man who makes the horror news often, so I wasn’t sure if I was remembering something incorrectly or if at one point I was trolled. Nevertheless, I did some digging and sure enough…
Yup, he was.
It actually predates the previous 2015 announcement all the way back to 2009 (wow, weird that date is now considered “all the way back”) after his Halloween II film had been released. However, his version of The Blob, which was going to be written and directed by him, was going to very different from what people might think of when they think of The Blob. For starters, it wouldn’t feature a killer blob, citing to Variety (I had to use an MTV News link seeing as the Variety article was nowhere to be found) that today’s audience may not find a giant gelatinous thing scary.
“My intention is not to have a big red blobby thing, that’s the first thing I want to change,” he said. “That gigantic Jello-looking thing might have been scary to audiences in the 1950s, but people would laugh now. I have a totally different take, one that’s pretty dark.”
Okay, so why call it The Blob? I disagree that it wouldn’t be scary, I mean, let’s look at the ’80s remake of The Blob. That was pretty damn scary and the effects were amazing. In another article from Film School Rejects from around the same time, they reported on the exact same thing while poking fun at the musician and director. There was no mention of a cast or anything like that, but it was said that the budget was $30 million and it was to be, of course, rated R. So, whatever happened to it? Some sort of falling out or maybe the studio wasn’t interested in the direction he wanted to take it? The Blob was to be released by Dimension Films, who had just released Rob’s Halloween II, so he was currently working with them at the time, but according to an interview with The Playlist via JoBlo from 2013, he didn’t have kind words to say about his experience there.
“I really like those films. I didn’t have a good time making them. It was actually a kind of miserable experience. Anytime they vary from the format is when I really like them.”
“The Blob was going to happen. I was dealing with people on the movie, even though I was on the fence about doing anything that was considered a remake again. I really didn’t like the idea of that, but just as I went down the road further with the producers and the guys that owned the property, I didn’t feel good about the situation and I just walked away from it. My gut told me this was not a good place to be.”
So there you have it. I gotta say, following up a remake with a remake seems like a bad idea. I mean, even though Alexandre Aja did High Tension which I love, he did a string of remakes and became known as “the remake guy.” Sometimes it’s best you walk away and maybe it’s best we never got this version.