19 items from 2015
Director Roland Emmerich is prepping to shoot Independence Day 2, and casting is underway. According to TheWrap. Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games, The Expendables 2) has been offered a leading role in the sequel. There's no word on if he has accepted, but he would be stupid not to. He should feel lucky that he was even offered the role. The guy's not a very good actor.
The movie is said to take place 20 years after the events of the first film, and Will Smith will not return to reprise his role. Both Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are expected to return, though, so that's a plus! Michael B. Jordan has also been rumored to be up for a part in the movie.
- Joey Paur
Roland Emmerich is finally getting to make the sequel to his 1996 blockbuster Independence Day, with the project finally pressing ahead after many years stuck in limbo. Emmerich will direct again, and he collaborated on an early draft of the screenplay with Dean Devlin once more too, with the latest iteration of it the work of Carter Blanchard.
It's pretty well known that Will Smith has turned down the opportunity to reprise his leading role from the original film, although both Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum are expected to return to theirs. And now we learn that Liam Hemsworth - best known for his work in The Hunger Games movies - has been targeted for a lead role in Independence Day 2.
Hemsworth, who also appeared in The Expendables 2, »
Chris Weitz (About A Boy, Cinderella) is coming on to rewrite the script for Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spin-off after Gary Whitta bounced after completing a first draft. THR Simon West (The Mechanic, The Expendables 2) will direct a remake of the 1958 horror classic The Blob, which will likely be a complete nightmare with West saying things such as, "With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob. 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." Ummmm, apparently you missed what made the first movie such a classic. Good luck with that as this won't be the first time it has been remade, but hopefully the last. Deadline Ryan Reynolds spoke with MTV about Deadpool finally getting off the ground telling the site, »
- Brad Brevet
Simon West is to direct the remake of The Blob, and promises to use modern CGI to realise its potential...
To the people who had been requested a remake of The Blob? Someone out there, whoever you are, has granted your wish.
Producers Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten are behind this one, and they've hired Simon West to direct the movie. West remains best known for the mighty Con Air, although he's also directed the likes of The Expendables 2, The General's Daughter and The Mechanic.
Production begins this summer on the new film, which Goldcrest Films is backing. West has said, in a slightly worrying statement, that "with modern CGI we can now fully realise the potential of The Blob". Hmmm.
The rest of his statement reads: "The world I create will be totally believable, immersive and emotionally satisfying. It’s a thrill to introduce an enduring icon to »
A few years ago, right before Halloween II hit theaters, Rob Zombie was attached to a remake of the sci-fi/horror classic The Blob, about a gelatinous creature that overtakes an idyllic American town, growing in size with each new person it eats. Immediately fans of the original film groaned, and understandably so, since it was hard to picture Zombie's particular brand of grungy horror working well with the Americana-versus-monster vibe of the original movie. Thankfully that version never came to pass. But that doesn't mean the world was spared a remake of The Blob indefinitely. News has hit today that Simon West (Con Air, The Expendables 2) is heading up a new redo of the movie. We really don't know anything about the new version yet as far as story goes, but this...
- Peter Hall
The Blob freaked people out in 1958 as it moved through town devouring everything that crossed its path. I know, sounds scary doesn’t it? Now it’s back to do it all again in a remake of the old sci-fi classic, set to be helmed by The Expendables 2 director Simon West.
West should prove to be a good fit for the material. He not only created the above-mentioned explosive addition to the Sylvester Stallone rampage but he is also responsible for such films as Con Air, When a Stranger Calls and The Mechanic… so yeah he should know how to balance the right amount of action and camp.
The original film follows a mysterious gluey alien life-form that bubbles and oozes its way across Downtingon, Pennsylvania, consuming anything it comes in contact with. It starred Steve McQueen and Aneta Corsaut, and was directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth, who also made 4D Man and Dinosaurus! »
- William Fanelli
The upcoming remake for one of the most important and seminal films in the sci-fi/horror genre has reportedly nabbed a director. The Blob, the 1958 schlock classic depicting a monstrous gelatinous mass that consumes everything it encounters will reportedly be getting a modernized action treatment with director, Simon West behind the camera. According to Deadline, West, the director of modern action-classic, Con Air, along with Angelina Jolie.s first Tomb Raider film and the aging action star sequel extravaganza, The Expendables 2 will begin shooting what looks to be an exciting, action-centric insidiously amorphous remake this summer. Apparently long in the making, going back to 2009, this remake project at one time had Rob Zombie attached and will now move forward with a director known primarily for straight-forward, in-your-face action sequences. While West.s body of work doesn.t seem to indicate any specific stylistic direction for this new imagining, it »
Simon West, seasoned director of modern action movie Con Air, The Expendables 2 and The General’S Daughter, will switch genres for a new remake of the horror The Blob. An updated version of the film is in the works from producers Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten (Devil’S Due). The original movie was released all of the way back in 1958 with a remake surfacing in the late 1980s courtesy of Chuck Russell and writer Frank Darabont.
The original movie was one of the first motion pictures that Hollywood legend Steve McQueen led.
Here’s the original synopsis:
A drive-in favorite, this sci-fi classic follows teenagers Steve (Steve McQueen) and his best girl, Jane (Aneta Corseaut), as they try to protect their hometown from a gelatinous alien life form that engulfs everything it touches. The first to discover the substance and live to tell about it, Steve and Jane witness »
- Paul Heath
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
"It eats you alive!" The cult classic sci-fi/horror film The Blob is going to get the remake treatment... again. This time it will be developed by action director Simon West, who has given us films such as Con Air, Tomb Raider, and The Expendables 2.
The original movie was released in 1958, it starred Steve MQueen, and I'm a big fan of it. I enjoy watching those old sci-fi and horror flicks. In 1972 a very low-budget sequel was made called Beware! The Blob, which was wonderfully terrible. Then in 1988 there was a remake of The Blob that was co-written by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Walking Dead), which wasn't very good, and it completely bombed at the box office
This latest remake could start shooting this summer, and this is what West is looking to do with it:
“With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob. »
- Joey Paur
Anytime I’ve been asked about movies that should be remade, I’m pretty sure I’ve brought up The Blob. It’s the perfect property to go through the recycle bin, and this is coming from someone who likes the 1958 original and even more so the underrated 1988 version. It’s a horror scenario involving a gelatinous mass that rolls around and engulfs people. There’s an iconicity to the creature but not in a way that’s necessarily assigned to a time or storyline or anything else that fans can really take to their hearts. It could be redone at least once a generation, if not once a decade. So, I welcome the announcement that another remake of The Blob is finally on the move, and am fine with the choice of Simon West to helm this baby. The director of Con Air, Tomb Raider: Lara Croft and The Expendables 2 is hardly a great »
- Christopher Campbell
As Universal Pictures is preparing a new cohesive cinematic universe for their classic movie monsters like Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolfman ad more (albeit without as much horror in the films), Goldcrest Films has just announced a remake of another horror classic. A press release reveals The Expendables 2 and Con-Air director Simon West will direct a remake of the 1958 sci-fi horror flick The Blob, about a gelatinous alien life-form attacking a small town. West says, "With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob. The world I create will be totally believable, immersive and emotionally satisfying." Right now the plan is for production to begin this summer with Goldcrest producing the film with Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten and co-financiers Taewon Entertainment & A-List Corporation. Saperstein and Witten say, "We grew up on The Blob. Simon West has a terrific and terrifying vision for bringing this »
- Ethan Anderton
Once you’re absorbed by its terror, you can’t even scream. The slimy mass that is the Blob first thrilled audiences when it took on Steve McQueen on the big screen in 1958. It next oozed into cinemas via the 1972 sequel, Beware! The Blob, before being reborn in a 1988 remake directed by Chuck Russell and co-written by Frank Darabont. Proving that it’s still a relentless alien amoeba, 1958’s The Blob is being remade once again.
Goldcrest Films is moving forward with a remake of The Blob, with Simon West (The Expendables 2, Con Air) lined up for the director’s chair and shooting slated to begin this summer. Modern-day special effects capabilities are expected to bring the Blob to life like never before, and Chris Haney (Avatar, Avengers Assemble) will oversee the VFX in post-production.
- Derek Anderson
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. »
A new version of cult classic horror film The Blob is in the works, and Deadline reports that action maestro Simon West (Con Air, The Expendables 2) is the man to direct it for Goldcrest Films. Principal photography could potentially begin this summer for producers Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten (Devil’s Knot, Cell). “With modern…
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- Max Evry
A young Steve McQueen starred in the original film about a gelatinous alien life-form emerging from a crashed meteor. It begins to ooze through a Pennsylvania town, eating the townsfolk as it goes.
That film got a sequel in 1972, but others will only be familiar with Chuck Russell's more horror-toned take with the remake from 1988. Whilst that film was a mix of classic effects techniques, the new one will be CG heavy. West says:
"With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob. 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.”
- Garth Franklin
It's been announced Goldcrest Films will co-produce a remake of 1958's The Blob. Simon West (The Expendables 2, Con Air) is directing the movie, and filming for it could start sometime this summer. The original sci-fi horror movie starred Steve McQueen, and featured an alien amoeba from outer space that increased its size as it consumed people in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. A sequel called Beware! The Blob was released in 1972, and Chuck Russell directed the 1988 remake. »
- Jesse Giroux
To pinpoint the appeal of British B-movie bruiser Jason Statham, one need look no further than the place where the ball of Statham’s foot, the crown of his head, or the bend of his elbow makes sudden, bone-shattering contact with some lesser specimen of the human gene pool. Such collisions, alas, are too few and far between in “Wild Card,” a serviceable Vegas neo-noir that carries an unusually tony pedigree for a Statham vehicle (in the form of Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman), but lacks the amped-up Looney Tunes mayhem of the “Transporter” and “Crank” franchises. Lionsgate is wisely betting low on this Jan. 30 release, with a limited theatrical run and a more aggressive VOD push.
“Wild Card” represents the second attempt by Goldman (“All the President’s Men,” “The Princess Bride”) and producer Cassian Elwes to fashion a movie from the writer’s 1985 paperback potboiler, “Heat,” about the various entanglements of one Nick Escalante, »
- Scott Foundas
Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) has turned in his script for the live-action He-Man and the Masters of the Universe movie according to film producer and Columbia Pictures Senior VP Devon Franklin. Hopefully, the second live-action He-Man movie fares better than the first attempt that starred Dolph Lundgren in 1987. Wadlow is also currently attacked to Fox's X-Force movie. Neither film has a confirmed release date meaning that Sony and Fox may soon find themselves competing for Wadlow's services if both films exit the development stage at similar times. Below, you can see a copy of the cover page of the script Wadlow turned in to Franklin. Of note, are the names of the writers who previously worked on the He-Man film including the team of Alex Litvak (Predators, The Three Musketeers) and MIchael Finch (Predators, Hitman: Agent 47); Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2, The Equalizer), and Terry Rossio (Pirates of »
19 items from 2015
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