We got the chance to talk to Rob Zombie about his release of Halloween 2 this week, and though he stated that he has no intention of remaking any other horror movies, it looks like Genre Co.’s Richard Sapperstein may have made his mind up for him.
According to Variety, Genre Co., which is founded by former Dimension Pictures President Sapperstein, will be producing a remake of the 1958 classic The Blob along with the original producers at Worldwide Entertainment Corp. According to Zombie, this is something new for him, and he’s ready to take a crack at it.
“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,” Zombie said. “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.”
Zombie has begun writing. He’ll follow the release of “Halloween II” with a new album and tour this fall and get the script done at that time.
The film is said to have a small budget of nearly $30 million, which will follow the financial model of Cloverfield and District 9. (Does that mean we can expect the same film style?) Aside from producing Blob, Sapperstein’s Genre Co is currently working on the independently financed remake of the 1980 film Mother’s Day with Saw creator Darren Bousman in the director’s chair.
The original film from 1958 involved an object from space crash landing on Earth, and a red, jello-like creature emerged from it, causing havoc in the local town. Zombie said his take won’t involve any gooey effects.
“My intention is not to have a big red blobby thing — that’s the first thing I want to change,” Zombie said. “That gigantic Jello-looking thing might have been scary to audiences in the 1950s, but people would laugh now.”
No word on which studio plans on distributing Zombie’s Blob, but the plan is to work out a deal well before the film goes into production.