Samuel L. Jackson Joins Latest Remake of Classic Horror 'The Blob'
by Alex Billington
May 14, 2015
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.