Simon West to direct remake of The Blob

Almost 30 years after Chuck Russell's gooily entertaining version of The Blob, Simon West has signed on to direct a new version of the monster movie.

“With modern CGI we can now fully realise the potential of The Blob,” he tells Deadline. “The world I create will be totally believable, immersive and emotionally satisfying.

“It’s a thrill to introduce an enduring icon to a wider audience and a whole new era of fans.”

Considering West's credentials as an action filmmaker – most recently, he directed The Expendables 2 and The Mechanic – it's likely his version of The Blob will be less gooey horror and more action-packed.

Jason Statham versus an unkillable mountain of jelly? We're in!

The Blob is yet to receive a UK release date.