We learned earlier this year that Con Air director Simon West will be in the director’s chair for a brand new remake of The Blob, which was originally made in 1958 and then remade 30 years later, in 1988. And now, an unexpected star has come aboard.

Screen Daily reports this morning that Samuel L. Jackson has signed on to star in the remake. He will be playing a biochemistry professor who attempts to thwart the other-worldly predator discovered deep within the earth.

Of course, if you’ve seen either of the films you know that The Blob centers on an alien life-form that threatens a small town. And according to recent comments from director Simon West, the titular monster is getting a bold new redesign.

“It’s going to be much more sci-fi than the original,” West recently told Screen Relish. “It’s a bigger scale type of movie. It’s more ALIEN meets PREDATOR and designing the creature is a long and involved process cause its very sophisticated. It’s not going to be the goo pouring through windows. So, that’s taking a while to design and construct that.”

With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob,” he noted in a previous interview. “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.”

The new remake is set to shoot this Fall, and we can expect more casting announcements real soon.

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