Samuel L. Jackson Joins Latest Remake of Classic Horror 'The Blob'

May 14, 2015

Samuel L. Jackson

Another day, another remake. This time it's The Blob, which has been remade once (or twice) before. The original The Blob is a horror classic from 1958, and it was remade in 1988 into a just-as-good-if-not-better sci-fi thriller. Now they're working on yet another remake at Goldcrest Films with Simon West (Con-Air, The General's Daughter, The Mechanic, Expendables 2) attached to direct. If they want to keep everything nice and neat, this next one should debut in 2018 then it'll be 30 years between each remake. The latest news is that Samuel L. Jackson has been officially cast in the new film, playing a biochemistry professor.

"I have been waiting to work with Samuel L. Jackson my whole career. He is a unique talent in the industry, definitely one of a kind. I am so pleased that we will finally get to collaborate on this project," said Simon West via press release. This new The Blob will shoot this fall and "subsequent casting announcements are anticipated to follow". Jackson will play a biochemistry professor who is "attempting to thwart the other-worldly predator discovered deep within the earth." Deep within, not from the skies? Interesting. No other details have been revealed yet and no other cast has been announced, so we'll have to keep an eye on this.

There's nothing we can do to stop the remake, so as much as I'll defend both the 1958 and the 1988 versions of The Blob, we're getting another version whether you like it or not. In fact, if you've never seen the 1988 remake I highly recommend it (available on Amazon Instant) - it's pretty dang good for a remake of a horror classic. Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten will produce the new The Blob remake along with Jack Harris, the 96-year-old producer of the original 1958 film, Judith Parker Harris, and Taewon Chung. The project is looking for international distribution at the Cannes Market, so stay tuned for additional updates from here.

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  • TheOct8pus
    The 80's Blob was awesome....and it was an R rated movie, so there's plenty of gore and "adult" material. It also employed practical effects, so the Blob was actually a vat of slime that the actors had to work with. A CGI Blob seems a bit less believable.
    • Rock n Rollllll
      Gotta love those 80s movies. Everything was rated R and there was tits everywhere.
      • crystaltowers
        Even I had to upvote this, lol. I really miss 80s cinema. Even for the tits. Can't say I found the concept of a blob all that believable (or feasible) tho.
    • OfficialJab
      Expendables 2 was pretty fun but the visual effects were so badly done. Also I think in this case more than almost any other they would be better off financially just making a blob. I kind of like that it comes from inside the Earth though. It's probably going to be a pollution soapbox though.
      • TheOct8pus
        Maybe it'll have an anti-drug message. Like the Blob is made of crystal meth.
  • peekytoe
    Best version of this movie was Blobermouth from 1991. Hilarious.
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  • ari smulders
    The blob remake? Nooooooooooooo!!!
  • TheOct8pus
    I really hope Sam Jackson has at least 7 "Motherfuckers" in this movie....and maybe an "I'm so sick of this motherfuckin' blob on this motherfuckin' planet"
    I hope they get WETA to work on the effects. I could imagine some fabulous body horror scenes.
  • Melissa McCarthy for The Blob !!




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