A new trend may be bubbling up from the B-movie sewers like so much radioactive space goo as Deadline reports that Simon West, director of Con Air, The Expendables 2, and the upcoming Statham-goes-to Vegas movie Wild Card, is planning a remake of The Blob. This would be the third time the universal human fear of stuff you wipe off of your shoes growing to enormous size and killing people has been dramatized for the big screen—the first The Blob, featuring a young Steve McQueen, was a hit in 1958, and the second one, co-written by a young Frank Darabont, was less of a hit in 1988. This is the first The Blob, however, to potentially feature Nicolas Cage emptying a machine gun into the gelatinous creature while riding a motorcycle.
“With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob. The world I create will be totally believable, immersive and emotionally satisfying,” West says, indicating that he might not fully understand why people like movies like these. “It’s a thrill to introduce an enduring icon to a wider audience and a whole new era of fans,” he adds. The new The Blob is set to film this summer.