Rob Zombie Remaking “The Blob”

Rob Zombie (“Halloween,” “The Devil’s Rejects”) will write, direct and produce a $30 million remake of 1958 horror classic “The Blob” for Genre Co. says Variety.

In the original Steve McQueen classic, an object from space crashes into a field, containing a red blob-like substance that absorbs the humans it contacts and grows exponentially. Zombie’s new version however will take a different tack, the director refusing to disclose details but confirming that “my intention is not to have a big red blobby thing — that’s the first thing I want to change.”

Zombie, Jack H. Harris, Richard Saperstein, Judith Parker Harris, Andy Gould and Brian Witten will produce.

The original scored a much gorier remake in 1988 by director Chuck Russell and co-writer Frank Darabont. Three years ago Paramount Pictures announced a remake (since aborted) with “House of Wax” scribes Chad and Carey Hayes penning the script.

No distribution deal is in place but one is expected shortly, while the film itself will go for an ‘R’ rating. Production will begin next spring.