by: S. Scott Stanikmas
You know that joke about how Sam Jackson is in everything? Well it’s pretty much true and now the actor has another film to add to his ever-expanding resume.
In a press release from Goldcrest Films it was announced that Jackson would join the upcoming remake of The Blob, which is set to be directed by Simon West. The actor will play a biochemistry professor who will try and stop the otherworldly gelatinous creature from destroying mankind. West said in a statement “I have been waiting to work with Samuel L. Jackson my whole career.”
West has said that his take on the creature will be more of a monster movie than a horror film:
Yeah, it’s definitely going to be on a much bigger canvas than the originals, 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 1958 original, which starred Steve McQueen in an early role for the actor, is considered a B-movie classic and even spawned a remake in 1988 that is also well received by fans. This third take has been in the works since 2009 and originally had Rob Zombie attached to it.
Shooting on The Blob begins this fall.