Steve McQueen Bio-Pic Getting Financing

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Financing for a film that would look at the life of Blob star Steve McQueen, appropriately titled McQueen, is starting to come together, according to a report from Deadline.

The film is the project of The Immigrant director James Gray and could possibly feature Gray’s Immigrant star Jeremy Renner in the title role, though Deadline states that both Channing Tatum and Ryan Gosling have expressed interest in the part in the past.

The film will be based in part on on the 2010 biography Steve McQueen: The Life And Legend Of A Hollywood Icon, written by Marshall Terrill and ” a unique story that is being kept under wraps about McQueen’s life that he wrote about at the time of his death in his own hand,” according to Deadline.

In a quote to Deadline, producer Graham Kaye stated –

[There is a diary] that was kept by his nurse in Mexico who gave it to the author of the book that was done on him by Marshall Terrill. Something happened in McQueen’s life that has been kept secret for a long time. We think we have a very interesting way into this story.

No screenwriter has been hired yet for the project.

FilmBuffRich on March 14th, 2015 | File Under News | No Comments -

Simon West BLOB Remake To Be More “Along The Lines Of ALIEN And PREDATOR”

A couple of months ago we learned that Simon West is the latest director to take on a remake of The Blob. Now the folks at Den Of Geek have caught up with West and have asked him some pointed questions about how he envisions reinventing the Blob for 21st century audiences.

It seems that West’s idea is to use modern visual effects technology, i.e. CGI, to bring to the screen a film that sounds more epic in scope than the original film.

Yeah, it’s definitely going to be on a much bigger canvas than the originals, which were much more small, niche genre horror movies. My version of The Blob’s going to be more sci-fi…

The blob itself will be more sophisticated, more along the lines of Alien and Predator and things like that – much more science-based, the way Jurassic Park made you believe you could bring back dinosaurs with a bit of DNA from a mosquito. This will be much more explained on where the blob comes from and how it works. It’ll be a much more sophisticated creature – because it is a monster movie rather than a horror in that sense.

West goes on to draw a parallel with another classic science-fiction film trope.

This thing’s come from another planet, and also, we don’t know how many there are. It’s fun at the moment – while I’m prepping this other film, The Blob is a bit longer term. I’m having a lot of designing this creature, what its talents are, its attributes, how you can think you’ve defeated it, but you haven’t. It’s fun inventing a creature like that – like the new Alien or the new Predator.

Well, I certainly like his enthusiasm and it does sound like a much better approach than former Blob-remake director Rob Zombie’s “not to have a big red blobby thing” attitude. Let’s hope in all that enthusiasm he doesn’t forget to do what Alien and Predator did so well – make us care about the characters on the run from and trying to stop the Blob.

FilmBuffRich on March 11th, 2015 | File Under News | No Comments -