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It’s been announced that Rob Zombie has signed a deal to remake The Blob, the classic sci-fi film from 1958. With production scheduled to begin next spring, Zombie will be writing, directing and producing the film. This news comes on the heels of his latest film, Halloween II, being released in theaters nationwide. But much as Rob Zombie has made alterations to the world of Michael Myers, he also anticipates making changes to the classic film about a bizarre alien entity which crashes to Earth, absorbs the bodies of human beings, and grows exponentially.

“My intention is not to have a big red blobby thing--that’s the first thing I want to change,” said Zombie, an admitted fan of the original film. “That gigantic Jello-looking thing might have been scary to audiences in the 1950s, but people would laugh now.”

The filmmakers are shooting for an R-rated movie, something which should give Zombie plenty of opportunities to engage in his usual level of bloodletting. Budgeted at around $30 million, The Blob will be hoping to follow recent films such as District 9 and Cloverfield which struck box office gold utilizing lesser-known actors and a smaller-than-average budget.

Now that Halloween II is completed, Zombie plans to release another album and then go on tour. He’s already said to be working on a script for The Blob, and he anticipates being finished by the fall.

“I'd been looking to break out of the horror genre, and this really is a science fiction movie about a thing from outer space,” said Zombie. “I intend to make it scary, and the great thing is I have the freedom once again to take it in any crazy direction I want to.”

For those of you unfamiliar with The Blob, here’s a brief look at the three films made so far:

The Blob (1958) - The film became successful at drive-in theatres following the success of its star, a young Steve McQueen, on television’s Wanted: Dead or Alive. An object crashes to Earth, and a gelatinous alien soon begins devouring people in a small Pennsylvania town. It’s usually the first movie mentioned when a discussion breaks out about 1950’s sci-fi films.

Beware! The Blob - Also known as Son of the Blob, this 1972 sequel was directed by none other than Larry Hagman (TV’s J.R. Ewing). An oil pipeline worker finds a frozen substance at the North Pole and brings it home with him. It thaws out, of course, and goes on a rampage. Watch for Dick Van Patten as a scout master who gets devoured, as well as Larry Hagman and Burgess Meredith as a couple of doomed transients. In 1982, the film was given the tagline “The film that J.R. shot!” in order to cash in on Hagman’s success with the series Dallas.

The Blob (1988) - A remake of the original film, this 80’s flick starred Kevin Dillon and Shawnee Smith. Like the original, an alien substance crashes to Earth, and it’s up to a motorcycle-riding teen (Dillon) to stop the creature’s gluttonous rampage.

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