It was already remade once back in the late ’80s but now classic monster movie The Blob is getting another updating and it’s just nabbed superstar Samuel L. Jackson for a key role.

The original Blob was a classic ’50s-style sci-fi horror (think The Thing from Another World and The Fly) starring none other than Steve McQueen in one of his first big feature roles. It was remade 30 years later in 1988 starring Kevin Dillon and Shawnee Smith, using what was then very impressive CGI although I’m sure it wouldn’t hold up well at all these days.

Jackson is said to be playing a biochemistry professor attempting to stop the other-worldly monster from running rampant after it’s discovered deep within the earth. This changes things up a bit from what we’ve seen before as the ’50s version had the predator coming from outer space while in the ’80s one it was as a result of a Cold War experiment.

Simon West (Con Air, this year’s Wild Card) is directing the remake which he promises will be much more sci-fi than the last one. It will be produced by Richard Saperstein (The Mist), Brian Witten (Chernobyl Diaries), Judith Parker Harris (Blobermouth), Tae-won Chung (TV’s Iris) and the 96-year-old producer of the original film, Jack Harris (wow!).

More casting announcements are expected soon so we’ll keep you updated. The film is slated for a release sometime in 2016.

Source: THR