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In news to warm the hardest of hearts, Simon West's upcoming remake of sci-fi/horror classic The Blob has just announced its first major cast member. Samuel L. Jackson has signed up to fight the giant space jelly.The original Blob came from space, while the underrated '80s version was a Cold War experiment gone wrong. The latest incarnation, West has confirmed, will be "more sci-fi" again, and today's brief new synopsis suggests that the entity will be discovered "deep within the Earth".Jackson will play a biochemistry professor, racing to find a way to shut the wobbly predator down. "Get that motherfucking Blob out of my motherfucking lab!" He might say.The first Blob introduced Steve McQueen to the moviegoing world. Larry Hagman directed sequel Beware! The Blob in the '70s. The surprisingly excellent '80s remake starred Kevin Dillon and had a screenplay by Frank Darabont. »
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one. Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine? Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth? A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe? It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe? »
- Michael Oates Palmer
Out on the publicity trail for his Jason Statham thriller Wild Card, director Simon West has been fielding questions about his next project, a remake of the '50s horror The Blob. Explaining his approach, and the angles that most attracted him, he promises that it will be "on a much bigger canvas than the originals".The first Blob introduced Steve McQueen to the moviegoing world. Larry Hagman directed sequel Beware! The Blob in the '70s. The surprisingly excellent '80s remake starred Kevin Dillon and had a screenplay by Frank Darabont. The latest version was previously growing under the Weinsteins' roof at Dimension (Rob Zombie flirted with it for a while), but is now taking shape at Goldcrest.The original Blob came from space, while the '80s version was a Cold War experiment gone wrong. The latest incarnation, West confirms, will be "more sci-fi" again."[The previous films] were much more small, »
"With modern CGI we can now fully realise the potential of The Blob," West told Deadline. "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."
Steve McQueen starred in the original 1958 B-movie horror, in what was his first leading role.
The Blob centred around a gelatinous alien goo that arrived on Earth via a meteorite and began increasing in size each time it consumed people.
Rob Zombie also planned »
The first Blob introduced Steve McQueen to the moviegoing world. Larry Hagman directed sequel Beware! The Blob in the '70s. The surprisingly excellent '80s remake starred Kevin Dillon and had a screenplay by Frank Darabont. And after years in development, another new version of The Blob is inching glutinously ever closer towards us. Simon West (Con Air, Expendables 2) has just signed up to direct the film.The Blob was previously growing under the Weinsteins' roof at Dimension, but is now taking shape at Goldcrest. Rob Zombie was attached to the Weinsteins' version for a while, and seemed to be talking about dispensing with any notions of big, red blobbiness. "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." He eventually moved on, however, presumably reasoning that another remake after »
B-movie classic The Blob is getting another remake. Why? I couldn’t tell you, but here we are. Goldcrest Films is moving forward with the project, which the studio has set The Expendables 2 helmer Simon West to direct.
The 1958 cult classic, directed by Irvin Yeaworth, starred a young Steve McQueen as a teenager whose small Pennsylvania hometown is unexpectedly threatened when a gelatinous alien life-form emerges from a meteor and begins to consume the townfolk, growing larger in size with every new victim and oozing forward with no indication of stopping.
The Blob, though received with mixed reviews at the time of its release, is now held up as a prime example of B-movie entertainment. It birthed a sequel, Larry Hagman’s 1972 Beware! The Blob, and was previously remade in 1988 by Chuck Russell. Producers on this remake are Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten.
West said of his new take: »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Blob remake, which was at one time set to be directed by Rob Zombie, has once again crawled out of the earth's soil and is moving forward with director Simon West. He is best known for Con Air and The Expendables 2, and has Wild Card starring Jason Statham opening later this month.
Goldcrest Films will produce this update of the 1958 horror classic, with shooting set to begin this summer. Korea's Taewon Entertainment and A-List Corporation will co-finance alongside Goldcrest, with Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten producing.
The original The Blob debuted in 1958 and followed a young Steve McQueen as he battled a gelatinous alien creature that crashes in the middle of a small down, eating people as it moves along, growing in size. A sequel, Beware! the Blob, was released in 1972, directed by iconic Dallas star Larry Hagman. It was then remade and released in 1988 with Entourage star Kevin Dillon. »
Exclusive: It crawls! It creeps! It’s getting a remake. Goldcrest Films is set to co-produce an update of 1958 horror/sci-fi classic The Blob. Simon West (Wild Card, The Mechanic, Expendables 2) is directing with principal photography eyed for this summer. Producers are Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten (Cell). Korea’s Taewon Entertainment and A-List Corporation are co-financing with Goldcrest.
The original film, which was released by Paramount, starred a young Steve McQueen. The story sees a gelatinous alien life-form emerge from a crashed meteor and begin to ooze through Downingtown, Pa, eating the townsfolk as it goes. Check out the original trailer below.
Goldcrest is also handling international sales and distribution and will launch the film at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin. UTA is brokering U.S. distribution rights; the agency reps West.
- Nancy Tartaglione
Tom Cruise did Not build a "million-dollar underground bunker at his palatial family compound in Beverly Hills," despite a new National Enquirer report. The Enquirer has spent years getting real estate stories about Cruise completely wrong, including the false claims that he was buying an island off New Zealand, purchasing an $8 million "dream house in Hawaii" for daughter Suri, and moving into Larry Hagman's old house. The pattern continues here. »
- Daniel Gates
If you’re looking for excuses not to watch "Downton Abbey," the show has given you plenty over the course of its four previous seasons. The show has careened wildly from disappearing heirs, to in flagrant expirations, to its wanton wholesale killing of members of the poor Crawley family; from magically resolved murder plots to unfortunate sex crime subplots. Despite all this, “Downton Abbey” deserves one more chance from those who loved it once, not without cause. It’s flaws have been many but like the old pile the family occupies, its charm stands untouched. To start with "Downton Abbey” may be merely a soap opera but at least it wears its sudsiness on its sleeve. In these days of niche TV, what falls under the quality-banner is expected to do more than mere story-telling. A show is considered Highbrow if it ignores telling stories in favor of brooding, elliptical »
- Richard Rushfield
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