KISS bassist and founding member Gene Simmons is back in the Hollywood game. The Demon is joining forces with Beverly Hills, CA., and Sydney-based film sales and finance company Arclight Films to breathe new life into an old favorite. He'll be helping finance a remake of the 1958 classic monster movie "The Blob." Samuel Jackson is attached to take on the oozing alien mass. There's no word as to if Simmons will make an appearance in the film, but I'll keep my fingers crossed!
The original "The Blob" follows teenagers Steve (Steven 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 the blob destroying an elderly man and grow to a terrifying size. But no one else has seen the goo, and policeman Dave (Earl Rowe) refuses to believe the kids without proof.
Larry Hagman ("I Dream of Jeannie," "Dallas") directed a low-budget sequel to the original film in 1972. "Beware! The Blob" was also known as "Beware the Blob," "Son of Blob," "Son of the Blob," or "The Blob Returns" in different markets. It once again focused on small-town teens (Robert Walker, Gwynne Gilford) fighting the defrosted arctic ooze.
"The Blob" has been remade once already in 1988 by Director Chuck Russell ("A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors," "The Mask"). As you can guess, this version was way more gory and graphic than the original.
The film took us to a tiny California town where high school students Brian (Kevin Dillon), Meg (Shawnee Smith), and Paul (Donovan Leitch) discover a strange, gelatinous substance that melts the flesh of any living creatures in its path. The deadly substance gets into the town's sewer system, where it begins growing uncontrollably, occasionally emerging to feast on unsuspecting townspeople. A military clean-up crew is sent to eliminate the menace, but it may end up doing more harm than good.
At a time when classic monsters from Hollywood's past like Godzilla and King Kong are stepping back into the limelight, a reboot of "The Blob" could quite possibly kick off a new franchise. Simmons and Arclight are definitely on the right path casting Samuel Jackson. Now if they can grab a few teen heartthrobs popular with the kids these days to take on the creature, they'll really be in business.