Samuel L. Jackson to star in The Blob remake

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Apr 26, 2017, 12:36 PM EDT (Updated)

Back in 2015, director Simon West (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) announced he was working on yet another remake of The Blob. Since then, all’s been quiet on that front -- until now.

In a lengthy interview with the Toronto Sun while doing the press rounds for Kong: Skull Island (guys, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, you really should; it’s actually a lot of fun and has a great new spin on Kong's origin story), Nick Fury himself, actor Samuel L. Jackson, not only confirmed he will appear in the remake of the classic 1958 slimy monster movie, but also revealed that the film’s producers have finally received financial backing from China, meaning the production machine should kick off sooner rather than later.

Here’s the bit of interest from the interview:

“I’ve been preparing to use it my whole life. I’ve been running from or chasing King Kong, Godzilla the Wolfman, whatever, since I was a kid (in Chatanooga, Tenn.). We’d go home and pretend to do all that stuff. So I’m doing Kong for the same reason I’ll probably be doing The Blob. I just got a call the other day (where the producers) said they finally got their money from China to do Blob. I mean, I do a lot of movies, a lot of independent movies, for different reasons. But I’m a fan, and a lot of times I choose a movie because it’s something I would have chosen to see when I was a kid. How do you say no to that?”

How do you say no indeed? The original 1958 movie about an amorphous alien life form that grows and grows as it consumes everything in its path then starred movie legend Steve McQueen and was a boatload of awesome B-movie fun. Thirty years later, in 1988, an okay-ish remake starring Kevin Dillon and directed by Chuck Russell (The Mask) slimed its way onto movie theaters. Wouldn't it be awesome if the new remake were to come out in 2018?

What do you think of Samuel L. Jackson being on board the remake? Do you believe the time is ripe for a fresh new take on The Blob?

(via Toronto Sun)