When it was released in 1958, The Blob quickly became a memorable combination of science fiction and horror. Starring a young Steve McQueen in his debut role, the film depicted an alien amoeba that crash lands on Earth, and continues to perpetually grow, consuming everything and everyone in its path from a small Pennsylvania town. While it was remade in the 1980s, that version didn’t manage to outdo the classic status of the original, but now a new director is going to try to create a modern rendition of the 50s film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Simon West (Con Air, Wild Card) is prepping a new remake of The Blob, and has secured Samuel L. Jackson to star in the role of a biochemistry professor who takes it upon himself to try and find some kind of weakness in the alien life form. Unlike the original film, which depicted the titular Blob arriving in a meteorite from outer space, this version will apparently be found inside the Earth, marking a bit of a departure from the more space-oriented sci-fi of the 1950s, perhaps taking a bit of a cue from director Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim.
The film is scheduled to begin shooting this fall, and will even have 96-year old Jack Harris — one of the producers of the original film — onboard as a producer of the remake. The only other movies that the prolific actor has coming up include a live-action version of Afro Samurai, and a remake of the 1985 martial arts musical The Last Dragon. After his appearance in this year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jackson said that he has only two films left on his contract with Marvel Studios, and hasn’t been announced as a cast member for any of Marvel’s upcoming “Phase Three” films, including the likes of Captain America: Civil War or Avengers: Infinity War.
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