Cinemas are full of remakes these days, but did any of you see this one coming? It’s being reported today that Goldcrest Films are moving ahead with a remake of 1958 sci-fi/horror classic The Blob. Simon West (The Expendables 2) is attached to direct, with the plan being to start shooting the movie as soon as this summer.

The original starred a young Steve McQueen, and focused on a gelatinous alien life-form emerging from a crashed meteor and oozing its way through an American town (eating its residents along the way obviously).

Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten are producing, and they had this to say about their excitement to bring The Blob back to the big screen. “We grew up on The Blob. Simon West has a terrific and terrifying vision for bringing this iconic outer-space creature to life for a new generation. We’re grateful to Jack Harris for the opportunity to reintroduce a classic franchise, and to Goldcrest and Taewon for joining us on this journey.”

There’s no word on a writer or cast yet, but director Simon West added: “With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob. 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.”

It should be interesting to see this one come together. Will it work for modern audiences? That remains to be seen, but Pascal Degove, Managing Director of Goldcrest, seems confident about its chances! “Simon West has a unique gift for blending cutting edge effects, awesome visual spectacle and a hint of humour. He’s the perfect choice to reimagine The Blob and we’re so excited to be partnering with him.”