Samuel L. Jackson joins The Blob remake

Simon West’s forthcoming remake of classic ‘50s monster movie The Blob has signed up its first cast member, with Samuel L. Jackson officially signing on to star in the film.

The film will see a small town threatened by a horrifying alien creature discovered deep underground by a group of meddling scientists. Jackson will reportedly play a biochemistry professor trying to thwart the blob from blobbing everything in its path…

“I have been waiting to work with Samuel L. Jackson my whole career,” said West, who has previously promised to deliver a more sci-fi oriented version of the film. “It’s definitely going to be on a much bigger canvas than the originals,” says the director, “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.”

The Blob is scheduled to begin filming later this year, ahead of a 2016 release. No official date has been confirmed at this stage.

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