Early concept art for Rob Zombie’s The Blob remake surfaces online and the images illustrate the different vision he may have had for the film. At one point 10 years ago Zombie had his eyes set on remaking the classic horror film, The Blob. Zombie’s take on the horror classic was set to be darker in tone, but no such film ever happened.
The Blob first terrified audiences in 1958, and focused on an alien life form consuming everything in sight in a small town. Directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth, and penned by Kay Linaker and Theodore Simonson, the film would become a cult classic. It would launch the career of Steve McQueen and would spawn a sequel in 1972 and a remake in 1988. Chuck Russell directed the late 80s re-imagining that altered the alien’s back story. While the films have a following (specifically the 1958 & 1988 versions), they are still considered underrated gems for the science fiction horror sub-genre. Now, while Zombie’s plans for his remake may have fallen through the cracks, at least now a taste of what his vision could have looked like is accessible.
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Posted by Alex Horley, the concept art for the unmade Zombie The Blob remake shows off humans with mutated skin, and a fifth annual event being held in the town. Judging from one image, it seems a graveyard would have been featured in the film with the mutated victims. Another image highlights a woman battling deformed, conjoined blob attack victims in front of a local diner. This role was presumably for Sheri Moon as she has always participated, in some fashion, in Zombie’s films in the past. Take a look at Horley’s concept art below.
Zombie’s remake faced some issues with others involved in the project, so that’s what ultimately led to him stepping away. Zombie wanted to give his own twist to the story just like he had done with his Halloween films before that. In response to his disagreements with those involved in the project, Zombie stated:
“The Blob was going to happen. I was dealing with people on the movie, even though I was on the fence about doing anything that was considered a remake again. I really didn’t like the idea of that, but just as I went down the road further with the producers and the guys that owned the property, I didn’t feel good about the situation and I just walked away from it. My gut told me this was not a good place to be.”
Zombie felt the horror aspects from the 50s and the 80s versions wouldn’t scare modern audiences so he wanted to avoid that familiar territory. This would explain the humanoid nature of the blob victims illustrated in the images, but it seems that Zombie was still going to involve the armed forces, similar to the 1988 remake, based on one of the images.
Whether or not Zombie’s vision would have actually gone over with audiences is anyone’s guess, but one has to wonder why he thought the gooey alien wouldn’t have been enough to scare audiences. If done right, the film could have been well received. Nothing regarding another film has been discussed recently but Samuel L. Jackson was at one point set to star in yet another remake for The Blob, directed by Simon West.
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Source: Alex Horley