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The Blob isn't falling from the sky in Simon West's remake

03.31.2017by: Cody Hamman

The Blob 1958

It's been almost two years since we heard any solid news on the new remake of THE BLOB, which had Simon West (THE EXPENDABLES 2, WHEN A STRANGER CALLS remake) attached to direct and Samuel L. Jackson attached to star. Two years of silence would usually be a very bad sign for a movie's chances of being made, but the website of production / finance company Goldcrest Films indicates that they are still working on getting THE BLOB creeping, leaping, gliding, and sliding once again.

On the website is the sales art seen below, which is featured on a page that lists Simon West as the film's director, with Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten as producers. Goldcrest's involvement with the project is described as "Co-Finance, Global Sales & Distribution."

In the original 1958 THE BLOB, the gelatinous, human-consuming creature of the title arrived on Earth inside a meteorite the main characters see streaking across the sky. The creature arrives in the 1988 remake in a similar fashion, although a twist was added to its origin.

A plot synopsis on the Goldcrest website reveals that this version of THE BLOB does not come from the sky, but rather from below the ground: 

When a band of miners uncover something hidden deep beneath the earth they unwittingly unleash a hideous creature beyond imagination. Now the townsfolk must fight back before it destroys everything. 

So if this Blob got to Earth in a meteorite, it must have landed a long time ago. Miners discovering the Blob makes me think of the 1972 sequel BEWARE! THE BLOB (a.k.a. SON OF BLOB), in which a piece of frozen Blob is thawed out after being found during the construction of an oil pipeline.

West's THE BLOB was supposed to start filming back in the summer of 2015. I hope whatever is holding it up will get out of its way soon, because I really want to see the Blob back on the screen, eating more people.

The "father of the Blob", producer Jack H. Harris, recently passed away at the age of 98.

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Source: B-DGoldcrest Films

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