EXPENDABLES 2 Helmer Simon West to Direct THE BLOB Remake

Simon West Remake

Deadline reports that The Expendables 2 and Con Air director Simon West will helm a remake of cult classic horror flick The Blob for Goldcrest Films.

Principal photography on another update of the 1958 horror/sci-fi classic could begin this summer for producers Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten.

The action director Simon West  promises the most photorealistic gelatinous red mass yet:

“With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob,” West said. “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.”

How to honor a sci-fi horror pic that was praised for practical special effects with tons of CGI shots…sigh.

The original 1958 film starred Steve McQueen in his first lead role as a teen trying to stop a gelatinous alien goo that descends from a meteorite which exponentially multiplies in size the more people it consumes. Larry Hagman of “Dallas” fame directed the low-budget 1972 sequel Beware! The Blob, while a 1988 remake helmed by Chuck Russell and co-written by Frank Darabont  failed at the box office. Rob Zombie announced another remake in 2009, but later abandoned the idea.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer for the ’88 remake. Kevin Dillon was great in that and I don’t know why it failed.

Will this be a remake of the original or a remake of the remake? I don’t know either, but the 1958 film’s producer Jack H Harris will be credited as an executive producer as well.